Robert browning was an English poet that wrote many poems which were known for their irony, characterisation and historical settings. Robert Browning’s illustrates distinctive ideas through his characters of the dangers of socially acceptable behaviours of the Victorian era. He depicts his characters as psychotic, self-centred, yet madly in love to express the morals towards the obsession he portrays as love. The Laboratory and My last Duchess display a variety of these themes, they also have their own distinctive ideas....
Both of these poems explore the aspect of murder and the motivations behind it, however they have distinct ideas at the heart of the poems which make them all unique. My inceptive reaction of ‘The Laboratory’, was pure horror and devastation. I found it hard to believe that a human could plan in such a cold and calculating way, yet I also found this intriguing. “Not that I bid you spare her the pain! Let her death be felt and...
In the Victorian age women are fully helpless. They depend on men for their social security, sex and marriage. That’s why marriage is the most significant point in a woman’s life at this age. And women were dominated by their sexuality and were expected to fall silently into the social mold that was crafted by men. Though women were regarded as flimsy, sensitive and dutiful. In the poem ‘My Last Duchess Robert Browning nicely portrayed that kind of social picture....
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was a real breakthrough during the 19th century and classed as a great modern horror story. There are many themes presented and initiated by Mary Shelley throughout the novel, however, in my opinion the themes of Feminism and religion are those mostly prominent and have a great standing point from the beginning of the novel until the end. Another name for the novel was in fact ‘The modern Prometheus.” This is hugely relevant to the Religious aspect...
In the world of poetry, John Keats and Robert Browning have remarkable contributions through their work. Though they belong to different literary era and have variety in their beliefs, writings, both of them have flourished the English literature with their individuality. In addition, “Ode” and “My last” are remarkable works of the respective poets, which showcases their mastery of writing. So, in this paper, the following discussions will explore the works of Keats and Brownings by analyzing two of their...
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Dramatic poetry was introduced in English Literature through the dream debates of Chaucer, The Owl and the Nightingale, and the ‘Metaphysical’ poems of John Donne and Andrew Marvell but it reached the height of its perfection in the Victorian age. Robert Browning was an English poet whose dramatic monologues made him a pioneering figure amongst the Victorian poets. His poems are widely acclaimed for their finesse in dealing with irony, dark humor, characterization, historical setting, and issues of social commentary....
“Who can be wise, amazed, temp’rate and furious, loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man.” Emma-Rose Devine Reports T he clock of manhood is certainly missing a hand. And in irony, time is changing, society is evolving, but the phrase ‘masculinity’ has been smeared and altered. Further threading through the dignified silence of our society, shackled by misogyny, and distorting our views. The damage is radiating throughout society and leaving a standardised concept of ‘toxic masculinity’. Social and cultural...
In the poem ‘my last duchess’ Browning concentrates on how humans can abuse their power. In the poem, The Duke is annoyed because he feels his wife was ‘two easily impressed’ and that her ‘looks went everywhere,’. throughout the poem Browning implies that the Duke couldn’t stand the way the Duchess treated him the same as everyone else, showing the audience that he thought he was superior to everybody else just from his power. the Dukes anger levels increase throughout...
‘Macbeth’ written by William Shakespeare and ‘My last duchess’ written by Robert Browning are two of the most common examples linked to toxic masculinity. In today’s car driven and busy city world, toxic masculinity can often go unseen. However, it is present more commonly than many think within men and women.Shakespeare’s representation of masculinity within his work during the Elizabethan era takes many different forms, past and present. The 17th century play ‘Macbeth’ and in the 1842 poem ‘My last...
Poets, during the 19th century, emphasized passion and emotion in their poetry based on experiences that they had faced during their lifetime. The three poems in this essay will show or represent an experience that each poet had experienced. A mixture of jealousy; confliction; and regret, the poems “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning, “O Captain! My Captain” by Walt Whitman, and “Ulysses” by Lord Tennyson-Alfred explored the theme of loss through character analysis and the use of different poetic...
Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess and T.S Eliot’s The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock are monologues that are similar in presenting middle-aged, unmarried men who are suffering from insecurities. Eliot’s 20th century The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is the story of a man searching for love and acceptance whereas My Last Duchess is set in the 17th century and focuses on a Duke searching for power. Both of these stories focus on the role men have within society,...