Comparing the Poems Kid, Havisham, The Laboratory and My Last Duchess
The poems are all dramatic monologues about aspects of love and the
feelings and emotions that evolve from that.
Kid is a comical monologue spoken in the voice of Robin, Batman's
sidekick. Simon Armitage imagines what would have happened after the
story of Batman and Robin's adventures. Robin is bitter towards Batman
as he abandoned him, yet he has succeeded out of it and is therefore
grateful to Batman. We this in the line, 'now I'm taller, harder,
stronger older,' the opposite of what he was before.
Havisham is also a monologue about a woman, jilted by her scheming
fiancé, she continues to wear her wedding dress and sit amid the
remains of the wedding whilst plotting revenge against him. She has
varied moods such as embarrassment, vengefulness and sadness and pity.
The oxymoron, 'beloved sweetheart bastard' shows the mixed and
miscellaneous views of 'wishing him dead' but also crying at the wall
for him to return. The line 'some nights better, the lost body over
me, my fluent tongue in its mouth in its ear then down till I suddenly
bite awake.' This shows she sometimes dreams of her lost lover, but
when she awakes the bitterness and hatred returns.
My Last Duchess is about the Duke of Ferrara, talking to the go -
between arranging his next marriage. He shows the man a painting
hidden behind curtains of his previous or 'last' wife. The poem is
very conventional as it uses iambic pentameter, rhyming couplets and
enjambment. Beneath the surface is a terrible story of ruthless and
despotic of the Dukes disapproval of his wife's innocent acts and
naivety, who loses her life for not being appreciative of his great
name. The picture kept hidden shows that he still feels a love for her
and that now she is a piece of art he is able to control her which
shows his sick, unnerving possessive side.
The Laboratory is a psychologically fascinating dramatic monologue,
macabre in that psychotic way. It is about a person (probably a woman
as it kisses the old man on the cheek and it carries a basket) who
kills her rival in the presence of her lover. She asks an older
scientist to create a poison. But soon develops the idea in her head
of giving out poisons liberally throughout the court. Browning
explores the jealousy and vengefulness of someone disappointed in
All the poems use enjambment but use it for...