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My Last Duchess

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Kindle Edition, 4 pages
Published January 14th 2012 (first published January 1st 1969)
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Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I would ever have to choose a favorite poem, it would definitely be this one.
Tuba Sayed
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh god, our main protagonist is so sly, I can't even. . .
Leah Craig
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Browning is creepy and violent but he's also I heard he was a total sweetie irl
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So fascinating to pick apart (my working theory is that the last duchess was a cheater and the duke killed her for it, which is ironic because at the end of the poem he’s going after another girl).

Also I’m convinced that in these lines:

“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...”

he’s talking about his p-e-n-i-you finish the word.
Cas Gabriel
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
The narrator is so cunning and sly, like, seriously. We're supposed to hate and fear him, I know that, but I also can't help liking him. You know that guy. The guy we all love to hate. And like. Yes, a very good read.
Abhishek Singh
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ap-lit
Characters- The Speaker and His dead wife.
Theme- Power, Money, Arrogance, Jealousy, and Secrecy.
Lamer Wahba
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Sir, ’twas all one! My favour at her breast,
The dropping of the daylight in the West,
The bough of cherries some officious fool
Broke in the orchard for her, the white mule
She rode with round the terrace—all and each
Would draw from her alike the approving speech,
Or blush, at least. 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."
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: college
The ambiguous nature of this is very well done. We don't know if the duke is simply a pathological liar or did his wife suffer from insanity. It stays clear of moral judgement presenting the story as it was but it smartly subverts expectations with it's open ended nature.The line ."I gave commands/Then all smiles stopped together" is pertinent to this as we don't know if it means the wife was simply institutionalized or killed.

Delightful to read on a Tuesday morning nonetheless .
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Made me feel so uncomfortable from start to finish
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Emily by: McLean
Shelves: classics, poems
This poem seems rather dull to me.
Rao Javed
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poem
This was a poem with a deep story and with a deeper meaning. It was amazingly touching.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic
Beuatiful poem with a chilling twist. It is a must-read for anyone who enjoys literature.
Danielle's Books
Jealosy really is a green eyed monster
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, classics
I am not sure if I would want the Duke as part of the family?
Poem also at:
Sadia Mansoor
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
An extract from the poem:
Oh, sir, she smiled, no doubt,
Whene’er I passed her; but who passed without
Much the same smile? This grew; I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped together.

Woohhoo.. That Duke got her killed!! Thats frightening! :/
What a selfish fellow!! -_-
Really like this poem (Y)
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hidden meanings and ambiguous statements, each word is chosen to reveal some aspect of the speakers' character. A dramatic monologue is a poem where an individual speaker talks to his audience describing some event or moment in his or her life which reveals features of their character, they may not have meant to share. This style of poem is a fun and interesting read, each line layered with meaning and intrigue, engaging the mind of the reader, forcing them to consider every line spoken and what ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly if I have to look up online about the meaning or an “ending explains” video then it wasn’t that good. I had to read it for an assignment and I’m so happy I have a goodreads account so I can rip this precious book apartment.
Basically a manifesto of an entitled, narcissist talking about his dead wife like trash.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Mar 08, 2017 added it
Read for my English 1C introduction to literature
"...She had
A heart- how shall I say- too soon made glad,
Too easily impressed; she liked whate'er
She looked on, and her looks went everywhere."

"My Last Duchess", which I read in conjunction with "Poryprynia's Lover", is pretty much a prime example of how a dramatic monologue should be written. More than anything, the subtlety of the narrator in his choice of words (made clearer by the strict poetic structure- heroic couplets) and intonation is what gives the reader a true idea of what
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Quite a boring poem with no real tone
Larry Wang
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, uk
Pretty solid poem. I don't really like verse, but this was enjoyable.
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