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My Last Duchess [Robert Browning]

Structure and form

Audience is in the position of the envoy
Emotional impact of Duke's words seems greater

Rhyming couplets
Rarely fall at end of line; makes the poem sound like a conversation
The fact that perfect rhymes are used yet are not clear to…

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"Looking as if she were alive"
Double meaning; may view as an indication of realistic painting OR view it as a sinister revelation
Reader is invited to wonder about her death; foreshadows what is to be revealed

"A heart ­ how shall I say ­ too soon made glad"


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