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How Annandale Went Out by Edwin Arlington Robinson and My Last Duchess by Robert Browning are poems about killings The killings in each poem however are completely different Robinsons poem is about euthanasia while Brownings is about a murder Both poems are dramatic monologues and appear to be very different however both authors use the monologues to get their messages across How Annandale Went Out is about a patient Annandale in a hospital who has just been in a terrible accident The Speaker in this poem is the doctor and is a friend of Annandale An apparatus not for me to mend -- A wreck with hell between him and the end Remained of Annandale and I was there Robinson 152 The doctor describes Annandale this way as a suffering man with no way of returning to normality and he was there watching him unable to help The doctor later says Now view yourself as I was on the spot -- With a slight kind of engine Do you see Like this Robinson 152 The doctor is asking the audience whom I believe is a judge to put himself in his place He demonstrates how he was able to use the engine which is a hypodermic needle to put an end to his friends misery He wants the judge to see what he was going through and then asks You wouldnt hang me -2- Robinson 152 Although the reader does not here the judges response the reader is led to believe that the judge says he would not hang him because the doctors last line is I thought not Robinson 152 The doctors words are sincere and he shows that he killed Annandale in Annandales best interest and he is trying to say that surely no one can be blamed for doing what he did In My Last Duchess the speaker is the Duke of Ferrara and he is
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