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CLIP 6447

Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'

Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'
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Key Info
  • Commentary on Robert Browning's 'My Last Duchess'
  • Duration: 01:38
  • Teacher Lindsey Martin comments on the underlying meaning of Robert Browning's dramatic monologue 'My Last Duchess'. This is not a reading of the whole poem, but key quotations are dramatised to exemplify the points made - the sense of voice in the poem, the implied listener and the role of the husband in his wife's implied murder. The contemporary setting underpins the universality of this poem – things don't change.
  • Subject:

    English

       Topic:

    Poetry: 19th Century

  • Keywords: envoy, power, couplets, iambic, pentameter, ambiguity, irony, relationships, controlling, powerful texts, PowerfulTexts
Ideas for use in class
  • As an introduction to dramatic monologue and for exploring viewpoint. Ask students to find a news item and then to write it up as a dramatic monologue with an implied listener. Using clues in the poem, build a case against the duke. Could be used in conjunction with Clips 6445 and 6446.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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