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In poetry the authors careful choice and arrangement of words enable reader to form an impression of the speaker and to decide on the level of knowledge and experience that the speaker possesses Poetry depends solely on the speaker to describe the events feeling and to convey ideas to the readers In addition some knowledge about the speaker can help the reader to interpret and understand the poem This essay will examine the speakers of the poem call My Last Duchess by Robert Browning In My Last Duchess the speaker of this poem is a person with high social standing He is a duke of Ferrara He is a proud man only interest 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 though his wife should be for him and his pleasure only The speaker dislikes the duchess for having a heart too soon made glad too easily impressed Eventually he could not stand of the situation any longer he gave commands and all smiles stopped together As the duke discusses the painting he unintentional reveal himself to be obsessively possessive and jealous by referring my ladys wrist my favor at her breast and my gift of a nine hundred year-old name He emphasizes the word my throughout the poem as a form of possession The duke also reveals his sinister intention to keep the portrait of his late wife hidden behind a curtain that only he could draw His interest in the picture has little to do with the memory of his wife because the picture reflects the duchess as a personal possession to be admired only by the duke Lastly the duke speaks quite superficially when he tries
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