My Last Duchess

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  • My Last Duchess
    • Form
      • Iambic pentameter
      • Enjambment
      • Dramatic monologue
      • No comment from poet
    • Structure
      • Seemingly innocent tour turns into warning or justification of actions
    • Context
      • Duke of Ferrara married 14-year-old of lesser rank
      • Suspected to have killed her
    • Quotes
      • "None puts by/The curtain I have drawn for you, but I"
      • "That's my last Duchess painted on the wall/Looking as if she were alive. I call/That piece a wonder, now"
      • "Sir, twas not/Her husband's presence only, called that spot/Of joy into the Duchess' cheek"
      • "She had/A heart - how shall I say? - too soon made glad,/too easily impressed"
      • "She thanked men - good! but thanked/Somehow - I know not how - as if she ranked/My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name/With anybody's gift"
      • "Just this/Or that in you disgusts me"
      • "I choose/Never to stoop"
      • "This grew; I gave commands;/Then all smiles stopped together"
      • "There she stands/As if alive. Will't please you rise? We'll meet/The company below, then"
      • "Notice Neptune, though,/Taming a seahorse, thought a rarity,/Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me!"

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