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This historic poem My Last Duchess was written by Robert Browning in the middle of the nineteenth century more precisely in the year of 1842 This dramatic monologue is written in rhyming couplets but the poem is so well thought of and so well structured that the readerlistener doesnt even notice the rhyming sounds During the poem the Duke of Ferrara is speaking to an envoy of a Count do discuss and arrange an agreement for the Duke to marry the Counts daughter and in turn the lady will be married to his nine-hundred-years-old name While he speaks the Duke shows the painting of his dead wife to the Count envoy The poem sounds like a conversation as the Duke uses personal pronouns such as you and we when speaking to the envoy but even though it is classified as a conversation only the Duke is speaking and the readerlistener is put into the position of the envoy forced to sit down and listen to the Dukes stories and worried This idea of the Duke speaking directly to us is re-enforced in sentences such as Willt please you sit and look at her and Willt please you rise which are more orders and demands that proper requests This memorable conversation is set in a private room inside the Dukes palace I imagine the room as being a dark room with dark brown decaying furniture and with more depressing colours such as dark red black brown and grey I also imagine it would have lots of gold and the centre of attentions of the room would be the statue of Neptune and the big dark mysterious curtain which none puts by the curtain but I the Duke The Duke reveals himself as being a very possessive proud and extremely jealous disturbed man which could possibly do anything to put an end to his own jealousy and to make all smiles stop Browning re-enforces the idea
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