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Robert Browning and Mathew Arnolds poems may be compared on the grounds of the personality of the speakers and the themes The personality of the speakers is on the basis of being contradicting The duke in Brownings My Last Duchess is a proud man only interested in rank and order He believes his gift of a nine hundred year old name should be honored above all else He believes that he should be shown complete respect and be the center of attention while in his home He thought his wife should be for him and his pleasure only There is a sound of eternal note of sadness within the waves on Dover beach The speaker brings a tone of human misery and an internal battle within oneself The speaker feels as there is a battle of granting pebbles which the waves draw back and fling against the shore He now only hears a melancholy long withdrawing roar which seems that the speaker is questioning his own faith The themes that are threaded within these poems weave themselves about a certain love whether the love of tangible items or that of a precious lover Arrogance and possessions destroy life while trying to capture it prove true in My Last Duchess The duke thought his wife as a possession and she could never be treated as his equal Browning alludes to Greek mythology while making the comparison of how the duke tamed his wife like Neptune and the sea-horse Notice Neptune though Taming a sea-horse thought a rarity Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze foe me Where possessions overpower love in My Last Duchess it contrasts with Dover Beach showing that nothing is certain but true love The love the speaker has towards his lover is their only defense against the corrupting industrial world He claims that even the ancients knew about the endless cycle of human despair and says that Sophocles long
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