beauty not diminished by character or age. [Fr. Drama: The Misanthrope]
My Last Duchess
La Gioconda, da Vinci’s enchanting portrait. [Ital. Art: Wallechinsky, 190]
poem about a wife whose beauty is frozen in portrait. [Br. Lit.: “My Last Duchess” in Norton, 757–758]
symbolizes enduring loveliness. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
her portrait fixed in clay, she cannot fade but will be forever fair. [Br. Poetry: Keats “Ode on a Grecian Urn”]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.