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“Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise” (Carroll 105). This and advice of this kind are often dispensed by the Duchess in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Alice, and like the transition from child to adult, the advice is generally rarely fully understood if not confusingly difficult to wrap logic around. Many illustrators have undertaken the task of conveying a clear picture of the struggle that Alice goes through in order to triumph over childhood and nonsense into the realm of adults and logic. Angel Dominguez shows Alice’s...
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In Robert Browning's dramatic monologue 'My Last Duchess'; there are two characters that many people can be compared to in the world today. The two characters are Alfonso II, Duke of Ferrara and his Duchess. Throughout the monologue the duke is described as being conceited, arrogant and perhaps maybe even psychotic. While his Duchess is the opposite of him, a person who enjoys life and everything it has to offer.
The Duke is somewhat of a conceited person because of the comments he makes. In one part of the monologue the duke is talking to a Fra Pandolf, an imaginary monk and painter. He says that his presence (the duke) is causing the happiness of the...
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Formal Critical study of ?My last Duchess? and ?Richard Cory? Despite the obvious dissimilarities in the setting and circumstances, the two poems, ?My last Duchess,? by Robert Browning, and ?Richard Cory,? by Edwin Arlington Robinson, are similar in that both works focus on a man?s rank in society. Showing the impact riches and power have on the life of a person and everyone around them.?My last Duchess? begins in a second story villa, housing a duke?s art gallery in Ferrara Italy. The speaker of the poem is an Italian duke who ordered the murder of his wife and wishes to marry the count?s daughter. The count?s envoy has been sent to speak with the duke. Upon reaching a painting by Fra...
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Geoffrey Chaucer has successfully developed several themes which are seen throughout his works. Although the literary techniques that Chaucer uses are not his own, these themes which reoccur are in the one of a kind style which defines Chaucer's works.
In both Troilus and Criseyde and The Book of the Duchess, the characters of Troilus and the Black Knight go through heartache and sorrow because of a love they once had but both lost. Both characters are young and naive when it comes to matters of the heart and leave their fate in the...
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Missing Works Cited
TWO WOMEN AND ONE FATE
The Duchess in John Webster’s tragic play, The Duchess of Malfi, and Beatrice Joanna in Thomas Middleton and William Rowley’s The Changeling, are both strong women living in a male-dominated society. The two women attempt to free themselves from this subordination by choosing to love that they desire. Both pay with their lives for this chance at freedom, but differ in their moral decisions about how they attempt it. Beatrice Joanna’s plan involves murder, whereas the widowed Duchess merely lives the life she chooses, then plots to leave Malfi. Both women are forced into their...
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This essay will compare and contrast the two poems ‘Salome’ by Carol Anne Duffy and ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning. The poem ‘Salome’ by Carol Anne Duffy is presumably based on biblical story found in the New Testament books of Matthew. The historical Salome was a daughter of Herodias and Philip, who were one of the ruling families in Palestine. She danced before the ruler, Herod Antipas (Philip's half-brother and her uncle), who promised to grant her any request. John the Baptist had condemned Herodias because of her affair with Herod, who had put him in prison. Prompted by her mother, Salome asked for the head of John, and at once he was executed. The head of John was then presented...
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Hitcher, Education For Leisure, My Last Duchess, and The Lab
"Hitcher" By Simon Armitage, "Education For Leisure" By Carol Anne
Duffy, "My Last Duchess" and "The Lab" by Robert Browning are all
poems that deal with violence or the prospect of violence.
"Hitcher" is a poem about a man who is angry at being threatened with
the sack, he picks up a hitch-hiker and kills him and then leaves him
on the road side. The poetic voice seems to be psychotic and also
talks about the attack in a casual manner.
"Ed for Leisure" also deals with a bitter person who feels he has been
let down by society. As he becomes increasingly demotivated, he gets
more and more violent ending with leaving...
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Porphyria’s Lover, My Last Duchess and The Laboratory
In this essay I hope to prove that Robert Browning’s murder mystery
poems are fulfilled with intrigue and excitement. I also hope to prove
that in his poems he creates vivid characters and uses poetic
techniques to expose a world of madness and wickedness. To show that
the statements above are true I will be writing about the characters,
the poetic features in each poem and the madness and wickedness in
each poem. This essay will include three of Robert Browning’s poems;
they are Porphyria’s Lover, My Last Duchess and The Laboratory.
Robert Browning was born on the seventh of May in eighteen twelve in
Camberwell a suburb of...
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The Grand Duchess Anastasia was part of the Imperial Romanov family who ruled Russia for almost three hundred years. Anastasia’s father Nicholas II was the last Tsar of Russia before the communist rule. He was not a very good ruler, which caused his people to turn against him and later this caused the assassination of the entire Imperial family. After the family was assassinated rumor that Anastasia had survived began to circulate throughout Russia and later the entire world. People became fascinated with this tragic story and with finding the Grand Duchess Anastasia, but these rumors were false. Sadly, Anastasia did die with her family the tragic night so long ago.
“Crowned in 1896,...
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Sexism can be defined as the prejudice, stereotyping or discrimination that is typically directed towards women. Jacobean women lived in a male-dominated world , which often meant that they were disempowered, subordinate possessions of men. Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ on one hand presents these stereotypical attitudes through the three female characters in the play, Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca, however on the other hand he challenges this view by portraying these women as individuals in their own right who are beginning to break away from male control. Similarly Webster’s ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ deconstructs Jacobean stereotypes of women by presenting the Duchess as a powerful Renaissance woman...
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Porphyrias Lover, My Last Duchess and The Flea all have the theme of
love in them
Porphyrias Lover, My Last Duchess and The Flea all have the theme of
love in them. But they are not all the same theme of love for example
Porphyrias Lover is obsessive and seductive love whereas; The Flea is
more like sexual love. Robert Browning writes both Porphyrias Lover
and My Last Duchess and John Donne writes The Flea. I think
Porphyrias Lover and My Last Duchess are alike as Robert Browning uses
similar themes of love in them e.g. Obsessive and Possessive. The
Flea is a completely different poem altogether. It is more of a
sexual poem rather than obsessive but it could be argued that it is...
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According to Webster’s dictionary, the definition of ‘villain’ is “a character in a story, movie, etc., who does bad things” (Merriam-Webster). In John Webster’s play, The Duchess of Malfi, the plot line revolves around a duchess and her two brothers. The Duchess of Malfi is a very twisted and complicated story where the characters are not as they seem. One of the most significant parts of the story line is that the characters that appear to be the villains are not actually the villains. This makes the story complex, but eventually ties it together in unexpected ways. When first reading the play, it is easy to come to the conclusion that the duchess’s two brothers, The Cardinal and...
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In Webster's, The Duchess of Malfi, one scene connects thematically, imagistically, linguistically, and dramatically with the rest of the play. This is Act III, scene ii. In this scene, the author's scrupulous attention to the flow of text as well as the location of each scene, which serve dramatic purposes, become apparent. He also makes obvious the use of metaphors that are continually part of the text. During this scene, one of the main themes, the Duchess's desire to be in control, is very distinct for the first time.The Duchess's need to have control over her life is epitomized in Act III, scene ii, when she is seductively teasing Antonio saying "I hope in time 'twil grow into a custom,...
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Browning's Presentation of the idea of Love in The Laboratory and My Last Duchess
Robert Browning was born into a wealthy family in 1812 in the suburbs
of London. His education was a mixture of private instruction and
informal schooling. Browning's father had a library of thousands of
books, this helped Browning develop an immense literary knowledge. As
a boy he was intelligent and he cultivated a taste for books and
learned many languages. Browning had a cultured and intellectual
outlook on life, that is reflected in the dramatic monologues we
Browning wrote two of his most famous poems, 'The Laboratory' and 'My
Last Duchess' at the start...
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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
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Consequences of Ambition Exposed in Macbeth, The Maid's Tragedy, and The Duchess of Malfi
Twenty-first century America praises the ambitious. The American dream urges us to set lofty goals and then rely on the Protestant work ethic to achieve them-regardless of potential obstacles. Parents encourage their children to consider any and every career choice. Companies and schools stress goal-setting and celebrate productivity. Even a contemporary catchphrase like "The sky's the limit" or the Army slogan "Be all you can be"-the stuff of graduation cards and commencement addresses-promote ambition. Yet ambition has not always been valued. Seventeenth-century Jacobean drama...
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John Webster's Play The Duchess of Malfi
In the opening of The Duchess of Malfi takes place between Delio and
Antonio, a steward of the Duchess and his friend. Webster makes his
audience aware that Antonio has journeyed outside Malfi, to France.
The words "France, Frenchman, French" all appear within the first four
lines of the text, a blunt indicator to ensure that the audience,
however inattentive, grasps the point that Antonio has been absent
from Malfi. He supports this point by referring to the timespan since
Antonio last saw Delio, "You have been long in France." The word
"long" suggests that a considerable time has passed since he was last
resident in Malfi. Equally,...
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The Similarities and Differences in My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover
'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover' are poems written by Robert
Browning in the form of a dramatic monologue. They both contain themes
of love, jealousy, contempt and obsession.
In the beginning of 'My Last Duchess' the Duke is speaking about his
wife's portrait to an envoy. In 'Porphyria's Lover' the Lover is
speaking directly to the reader, conveying his thoughts, personifying
the weather perhaps emphasizing his unhappiness ('the sullen wind soon
awake') seeing as he had a 'heart fit to break'. Both the Duke and the
Lover are watching the women whilst they speak. The Duke hints at her
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From the beginning Chaucer's narrator is effeminized by his sympathetic identification with Alcyone:
Such sorwe this lady to her took
That trewely I, which made this book,
Had swich pite and swich rowthe
To rede hir sorwe, that, by my trowthe,
I ferde the worse al the morwe
After, to thenken on her sorwe (95-100).
On line 13 "Always in point to falle a-doun" the narrator's delirium obviously mirrored Alcyone's swoon following her prayers "And fil a-swown as cold as stone" (123). Both the narrator and Alcyone bargained with pagan deities for rest, and within the dream both failed to recognize what the reader already knew:...
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Nishtha Tewari25.09.2012The Duchess of Malfi: Themes of Blood, Lust, Violence and IntrigueSet within the Jacobean age, The Duchess of Malfi, is a revenge play that portrays the violence inherent in any society that functions on a blood nobility structure. The play focuses on both the physical and mental aspect of this violence. The structures existing within society and hierarchies important to the functioning of the dukedom lead to the assertion of individual authority over one another. From the very outset of the play, Ferdinand and the Cardinal are seen as 'perverse' creatures susceptible to flattering and pandering by those around them. They flourish in an environment that provides them...
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In 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess', Browning uses several
features of dramatic monologue in order to engage and sustain the
interest of the audience. This style of monologue is spoken by a
character, which is not the poet, and is usually projected at a
critical moment, as in the case of 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's
Lover'. The speakers unintentionally reveal their insanity, in both
poems, through their separate accounts. By making a comparison of
the two poems, it becomes clear that Browning has used similar
disturbing themes to illustrate what an individual is capable of doing.
Browning's work is known to be an example of dramatic...
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Analysis of the Setting in My Last Duchess and Dover Beach
At first glance the setting of a poem is the psychological and physiological environment in which the story takes place. In some instances, the setting is used to develop the characters. Robert Browning and Matthew Arnold use the setting to expose their character traits. "My Last Duchess" and "Dover Beach," respectively, portray the weaknesses of the characters using elements from the setting. The text, page 629 and 630, tells us that the setting in "My Last Duchess" displays a valuable art form that exposes his greed and cruelty. "Dover Beach" demonstrates changeability and impermanence. The speaker's solution is to...
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"The Flea" who haunts "My Last Duchess"History has blessed the English language with many great romanticists; they were men and sometimes woman who had an affinity for describing the glories of love. Yet in the midst of such uninhibited amorousness, they were a select few who chose to write about the seamier side of romance. It was these works which perhaps best represented the complexities of the male-female relationships of the time. Although written more than two hundred years apart, both "The Flea" by John Donne and "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning, examine the selfishness and lustful ambitions which often hamper a man's ability to achieve true love.As the reader is introduced to the...
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The Sin of Pride Exposed in King Lear, and The Duchess of Malfi
In this brief monograph, we shall be hunting down and examining various creatures from the bestiary of Medieval/Renaissance thought. Among these are the fierce lion of imperious, egotistical power, a pair of fantastic peacocks, one of vanity, one of preening social status, and the docile lamb of humility. The lion and the peacocks are of the species known as pride, while the lamb is of an entirely different, in fact antithetical race, that of humility and forgiveness. The textual regions we shall be exploring include the diverse expanses, from palace to heath, of William Shakespeare, the dark, sinister Italy of John...
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"My Last Duchess"Robert Browning's poem "My Last Duchess" is a splendid poem achieve within the format of the dramatic monologue, a poetic form in which there is only one speaker. Because there is only one speaker, we the reader must wonder carefully what the Duke is telling us, and we often have to read between the lines in order to keep an objective perspective on the what is happening in the poem. This paper will discuss how the use of the dramatic monologue makes the subject (the Duke) tell a story while, at the same time, unintentionally and ironically revealing unflattering characteristics about himself. Through diction and imagery Browning further reveals the character of the Duke.The...
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi are fascinating plays with convoluted plots that cause the reader to ponder the possible differences of females roles in 17th century society versus the present day. This is what makes the plays so amazing and interesting, as good literature can easily invoke feelings in its reader, challenging personal morals and beliefs. " In early Modern England, both gender and hierarchy, with the man at the top, and the husband's patriarchal role as governor of his family and household - wife, children, wards, and servants - were assumed to have been instituted by God and nature"...
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One can begin the discussion on the theme of incest in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ by understanding the social conception of ‘incest’. Talcott Parsons says-“ it is not so much the prohibition of incest in its negative aspect(maintaining sexual relations) …(Instead) Incest is withdrawal from the obligation to contribute to the formation and maintenance of supra-familial bonds on which major economic, political and religious functions of the society are dependent.”
Ferdinand’s incestuous behaviour towards the duchess follows the similar pattern pointed above ,i.e., Ferdinand’s aim is not the achievement of sexual relations with his sister. One may like to contest this reading by...
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Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna was born on June 18,1901. She was born to parents Nicholas II, the last ruler tzar of Russia and Alexandra. Although the family was happy for the new addition to the family most people including Nicholas were disappointed due to the baby being a girl, everyone expected a boy. Anastasia was a light brown sometimes-referred to as a blondish red haired girl with blue eyes, a true beauty. Anastasia had three elder sisters: Olga, Tatiana, and Maria. Alexei was her only brother. She grew up extremely close to her sisters they would often refer to themselves as OTMA, which were their initials. Anastasia enjoyed listening to music and she loved to paint or to look...
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Parallel Between Poet’s Insomnia and Knight
According to the medieval dream theory and its classification system, the dream experience by the poet in The Book of Duchess seemingly belongs to that variety wherein the impression and concerns of the previous day are recycled during sleep (Macrobius 88-90). The poet’s own feelings of lethargy, in combination with particular motifs from the story of Ceyx and Alyzone, manifest itself into the externalized form of the grief-stricken knight. Therefore, the knight’s state of mind is foreshadowed in the sorrow of Alcyone and in the strange insomnia experienced by the poet. Moreover, this particular ability of the characters to emerge from their...
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Chaucer, the medieval English poet who lived from 1345 to 1400, lived through five major outbreaks of the plague, the Black Death -- from which, the swish of Death's scythe was heard for generations. The first of these outbreaks occurred when Chaucer was young, and between the years 1348 and 1350. The first plague was the hardest hitting, killed about one-third to one-half of those living in London (Ibeji). The third of these outbreaks, in 1369, struck royal blood: King Edward's wife, Philippa of Hainault, and John of Gaunt's wife, Blanche -- who was 28 at the time. During the time of Blanche's death, John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, was not with his wife, but out at sea. And a few...
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"This idea that individuals can ever be autonomous from society in which they live is nonsense. I wanted to explore just how hard it is for an individual, especially a woman, to determine a sense of self. If you still think there is freedom in my text, it is an illusion by you, not by me."The provided text reveals an imagined composer's thoughts. Evaluate the extent to which the thought is expressed in this elective, and how those ways of thinking are expressed.From what the imagined composer has stated, it is obvious that he (assuming male) did not believe that individuals, especially women can obtain freedom, in the 19th century society. Through studying the texts "North and South," "The...
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Bosola can be described as a convincing character as unlike some of the characters in the play, his opinions and principles change throughout, therefore constantly altering the audience's feelings about him. He is the only character to communicate to the audience via soliloquy, divulging his true thoughts and intentions which often differ from his outward appearance, making him psychologically realistic and interesting. Although this would suggest he is a convincing character, Bosola, at times, falls into set roles of the Jacobean Tragedy; malcontent, satirist and avenger. Webster uses Bosola to fulfill these conventions of the genre and to direct and drive the plot, especially after the...
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In 1695 Galileo wrote a Letter to The Grand Duchess Christina. This letter discussed the relationship between the traditional biblical beliefs of the time (the basis on which their society was built), scientific discoveries, and their correlation with one another. The purpose of the letter was to inform that the scientific discoveries being made were not hearsay or contradictory to the Bible, rather they were natural laws, which could coincide with Scriptural based beliefs, not oppose them. In the Letter to The Grand Duchess Christina, Galileo implies that science is the means by which G-d meant for humanity to understand scriptural truths. This belief can be applied to the present day...
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In Browning’s “My Last Duchess”, the speaker whom we discover to be the Duke and husband of the Duchess in question is an arrogant aristocrat. At first glance, it may seem that he is a grieving husband who is proud to show the portrait of his last wife, but the more that you hear him speak, the more his true personality is demonstrated. He is critical of his late wife and wants to ensure that his visitor understands that she was unworthy to be his Duchess.
In the first line, there is a hint of the Dukes personality for he uses the title of Duchess instead of her name or the word wife. This theme of objectivity continues as he states “That piece a wonder, now”. When talking in terms of a...
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As an educated scholar, it is important to come to light with the fact that every well-known and reliable author, skillfully crafts his words manipulatively mainly by using figurative language, aiming to have a meaning, hidden behind the text. Beginning to read Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess", the reader might not fully grasp what's happening in the poem, or what rhetorical and hidden meanings the poem might possess; until reading it thoroughly and repetitively. In order to comprehend poetry, a reader must first analyze the poem and its poetic tools, understand the persona, and what it can reveal through the dramatic monologue. Browning has been able to transfer a strong message and...
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In a society with everlasting change and differences people clash on a prodigious scale. By analyzing the stories: ?The Yellow Wallpaper? written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ?My Last Duchess? by Robert Browning, one can take a look into the soul of mankind and attempt to define its ubiquitous desire for control and the backlash that ensues. ?Notice Neptune, though Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me!?(Browning, p. 53) The Duke?s desire for control is shown as he relates him self to a god attempting to capture the most extreme rarity of all: the unattainable enchantment of a sea-horse. Similarly, in ?The Yellow Wallpaper?, John?s naive...
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A Comparison of the Attitudes Shown in The Man He Killed By Tomas Hardy and in My Last Duchess by Robert Browning
The attitudes shown in the two poems “The Man he Killed” by Tomas
Hardy and “My Last Duchess” Robert by Browning are very different;
where as Hardy creates a modest, baffled character who feels very
guilty, Browning’s Duke is a vain, proud man who has killed his wife
in a premeditated manner. These characteristics are also revealed
through the poet’s use of stanza, structure and language choices.
Both of the poems are about killing In the Man He Killed the solider
feels very guilty for his actions; this is evident when he says;
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The Theme of Love in the Poems First Love, To His Coy Mistress, Porphyria's Lover, My Last Duchess and Shall I Compare Thee?
A reader of a love poem has a specific. Prejudiced view of love
poetry. Generally, it is that love poetry is sentimental and
flattering. It is supposed to talk about flowers and chocolates,
romance and passion from one person to another. The reader expects
imagery of harts and roses, and cliched similes and metaphors. An
affectionate and caring tone should be used. The should be honest,
sentimental and, above all, romantic.
However, this is often not the case. Love can be portrayed as
passionate and sexual, romantic and caring,...
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The Themes of Love and Loss in My Last Duchess, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, When we Two Parted, and Villegiature
Works Cited Missing
The poems, 'My Last Duchess', 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' and 'When We
Two Parted' and 'Villegiature' by Robert Browning (1812-1889), John
Keats (1795-1821), Lord Byron (1788-1824) and Edith Nesbit (1858-1924)
respectively, have all been written in the nineteenth century. All
these poems deal with the different aspects of love and the different
attitudes of lovers towards their beloved, after parting or during
times away from each other (Villegiature).
Browning's 'My Last Duchess' shows the possessive and dominant type of
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Amongst the three love poems examined in this essay, the theme of male or female power in relationships pervades throughout. The views of the speakers are expressed and defined through literary and poetic techniques. This gives the reader an insight into the speaker's problems and dissatisfaction of a relationship, due to an imbalance of power. However there are dissimilarities between the poems - for example where in "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" the female displays supernatural power and dominance over a knight, the Duke in "My Last Duchess" desires psychological power over his DuchessThe poem "My Last Duchess" is a dramatic monologue written by Robert Browning, coming from the Duke of...
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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning is a dramatic monologue spoken by the Duke Ferrari. It highlights the jealous and sadistic nature of his character and the weirdness that surrounds his late wife’s demise. A dramatic monologue is a kind of poem whereby a single fictional or historical character other than the poet is made to speak to a silent audience, in this case, only the main character is allowed to talk. The purpose of the monologue is to not to disclose the poet’s own ideas but the thoughts of the lead character in the poem. (Christopher Baldick 1) .In the process, personality of the main character is revealed by the poet.
In "My Last Duchess," the duke is speaking to a aristocrat...
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The malcontent is a certain character type that emerges in Jacobean revenge tragedy. Examples include figures like Ford's Vasquez and Middleton and Rowley's De Flores. In 'The Duchess of Malfi', this is the character of Bosola. A malcontent can be identified by a number of traits. He is a discontented person; a rebel; disaffected, satirical and melancholic; bereaved or dispossessed and detached from an often corrupt society by his grievances; he has knowledge and intelligence without status. As one the key characters in 'The Duchess of Malfi', Bosola can easily be studied to see if these traits of the malcontent are present in his own character. The initial presentation of Bosola in...
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Robert Browning sets the tone of "My Last Duchess," by using three significant poetic techniques, one of which is imagery. Browning uses the Duke's monologue to sketch out images in the reader's mind of the Duchess herself, and the sinister personality of the Duke. Browning also uses another key device, which is diction to illustrate the darkness in this poem. Browning's careful word choice adds to the description of the Duchess and perhaps her disgraceful behavior, as well as the Duke's terrifying jealousy, and expectations. Finally, Browning also uses symbolism, which is instrumental in showing the Duke's jealousy, which possibly could have led to the Duchess' demise. Robert Browning is...
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Analysis of Robert Browning's My Last DuchessEnglish 110.6 (12)23 October 2002My Last Duchess is one of the more recognized poems written by Robert Browning. Robert Browning was a Victorian writer born in 1812 and died in 1889. He is remembered today through the inspiring words of this dramatic monologue My Last Duchess.The setting of this poem is presumably in the Italian Renaissance period, specifically, the grand staircase in the palace of the Duke of Ferrara. It is set as evidenced by the arranged marriage to the Count's Daughter and the suggestion of the dowry and also by the remark the duke makes to the servant "Sir! Notice Neptune, though, / Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity, /...
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In this essay I will compare two of the religious groups in Judaism, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. In this I will discuss their position in society, religious beliefs, traditions and practices with reference to the New Testament and the writings of Josephus.The Sadducees were a Jewish group of the Second Temple period. They were the priestly, aristocratic party in Judaism, whose interests centred in the Temple,And are known on the basis of three sources: the writings of the first century historian Josephus, the New Testament and rabbinical writings. No extant writings can be traced to the Sadducees themselves. Two main hypotheses predominate regarding the origin and meaning of the word...
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In his short story “Araby,” James Joyce describes a young boy’s first stirring of love and his first
encounter with the disappointment that love and life in general can cause. Throughout the story Joyce
prepares the reader for the boy’s disillusionment at the story’s end. The fifth paragraph, for example,
employs strong contrasts in language to foreshadow this disillusionment. In this passage the juxtaposition
of romantic and realistic diction, detail, and imagery foreshadows the story’s theme that, in the final
analysis, life ends in disappointment and disillusionment.
The romantic language, details, and imagery of the passage create a rapturous and sensual tone.
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The Agony and the Ecstasy starring Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison and Carol Reed is a realistic fiction based on the painting of the Sistine Chapel. In this movie Charlton Heston plays young Michelangelo who is being forced to paint a mural on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome by Pope Julius II, played by Rex Harrison. This movie is part documentary and part fiction. The characters were true to their form and the acting was superb. However the movie itself was not as captivating as I would have hoped. One interested in the history of the Sistine Chapel, or the life of Michelangelo should definitely watch this film.The movie truly begins during an invasion of the City of Rome. In the...
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The 1950s and the 1960s had many similarities, though they had many differences as well. Their similarities and differences include: the politics, the economy, the society, and the culture of both decades. In the 1950s, North Korea moved into South Korea and began a civil war between the two parallel countries. The reason for this dispute was the border lines as well as guerrilla fighting in the South, which created a greater tension on the issue. The reason why the U.S entered the Korean War was so that the Soviet Union would not gain another nation and, in turn, more power. Like the 50s, our country was also at war with another country in the 60s. This time, the U.S was at war with...
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The Forgiving Dove
A long time ago on the small island of Wanahkie there was a beautiful forest that grew in the
centre of this deserted island. In the middle of this forest stood a tree which was superior to all
the other trees, it was the oldest, and biggest tree in the forest and legend has it that the tree
possessed love, kindness, and knowledge.
The birds of the forest named the tree Joshua. The tree was home to many birds, which
included a dove and a crow. Early every sunrise the dove would awake and begin collecting food
and nesting materials for her babies. As she began to flight...
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The Shepherd and The NymphSir Walter Raleigh's "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" is a companion poem to Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love". In "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love", a shepherd makes many promises to the female of his desire. He offers her everything within his means to provide in an attempt to woo her and convince her to come with him and be his. "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" is the female's reply to the shepherd. In it, the nymph rejects the shepherd's offers of material things. It seems that if he had offered himself instead of material things, she may have taken him more seriously. While "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" is a poem...