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Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'
What is this poem about and who is the 'I' in the poem? Two actors explore the poem and provide a commentary on its meaning, identifying the key moments and the significance of the dramatic monologue. Through their understanding of the poem, reached through their interpretation while acting in the roles of the Duke and Ambassador, they reflect in the power that is conveyed through the use of dramatic monologue; there is no room for any other voice, other than the Duke's.
Having watched this clip, ask students to note what they learn about the Duke from the discussion of the two actors. How is this reinforced in the poem? Through the acting? Use in conjuntion with dramatisations of the poem in Clips 1297, 6445 and 6446.
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