The Theme Of Love In My Last Duchess By Browning

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Throughout the three poems, the poets use form and structure to convey the essential theme of love. The poets use various types of imagery, structure and figurative language to express their feelings about love between family members in A Mother in a Refugee Camp, lost love in a La Belle Dame Sans Merci and obsessive love for a spouse in My Last Duchess. My Last Duchess by Browning is recognized as an example of dramatic monologue. It first appeared in 1842 in Browning’s collection of English poems, Dramatic Lyrics. This poem is loosely based on historical events involving Alfonso, the Duke of Ferrara, who lived in the 16th century. Dramatic monologue was his preferred styles of poetry and he believes that to explore the heart and mind of his characters, you have to make them talk in a particular situation about a certain incident, idea or experience. In his dramatic monologues, he looks at life from different perspectives. The Duke is the speaker of the poem, and tells us he is entertaining an emissary who has come to negotiate the Duke’s marriage. As he shows the visitor around the palace, he stops before a portrait of the late Duchess, apparently a young and lovely lady. The Duke begins to reflect on the portrait and then the Duchess herself. The central theme of love and obsession in My Last Duchess is implied throughout the poem. ‘… since none puts by the curtain I have drawn for you, but emphasizes the Duke’s dominating, selfish and sinister personality, showing that
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