Many of his dramatic monologues, particularly "Porphyria's Lover" and "My Last Duchess
," obsessed as they are with murdering, memorializing, and reanimating, dramatize the failure of the poet to preserve an objective distance from his aesthetic creation, attempting in their staging to critique but not to repudiate the structures of subjective poetry.
There are similarly helpful readings of the formal structure of "My Last Duchess
" (136) and "The Laboratory" (142), and of Rossetti's use of meter (161-62).
I've always been interested in the voice of an unreliable narrator ever since reading Robert Browning's My Last Duchess
. The narrator in Lip Service is so obsessed with the way she thinks people look at her, because of her disfigurement, that she sees the whole world through this filter.
Robert Browning is spoken of in a bland sort of Victorian way and Mr Rodgers rose easily to My Last Duchess
More specifically, I shall de fine and describe the technique of redundant telling and briefly analyze how it functions in Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess
" and Sandra Cisneros's "Barbie-Q." I will also use these analyses to explore the relation between a character narrator's character functions, the ways in which the "I" functions as an actor in the events of the narrative, and telling functions, the ways in which the "I" functions as a teller of the narrative.
That's my last Duchess
painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive.
Obviously, the usual suspects will have to be rounded up - 'My Last Duchess
', 'Andrea del Sarto', and so on - but the real problems commence when the editor is forced to venture into the murky hinterland of Browning's lesser-known works, lengthy and complex poems little read today outside Universities.
The series also included the volume Dramatic Lyrics, in which such poems as My Last Duchess
and Pied Piper of Hamelin, The appeared.
It would be easy to see "My Last Duchess
" as simply another elegant variation in the same vein.
A particularly illustrative passage appears in "I Apologize," a dramatic monologue that intertextualizes Robert Browning's prototypical dramatic monologue "My Last Duchess
": "I'm just like the rest of the world: / No comment; no way, Jose ..." (37).
"My Last Duchess
" and "The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church" appeared in 1842 and 1845, respectively, and are models, in these earlier volumes, of the kind of irony and immediacy which the dramatic method at its best is capable of generating: That's my last Duchess
painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive, I call That piece a wonder, now: Fra Pandolf's hands Worked busily a day, and there she stands.
During the next twenty - five years, Browning published many volumes of poetry, all of which sold badly: Dramatic Lyrics (1842), which contained "Porphyria's Lover, " My Last Duchess
, " Soliloquy in a Spanish Cloister, " and " The Pied Piper of Hamelin " ; Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845), which included How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix and " The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St.