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My Last Duchess

Rating: 3.7
FERRARA.

That's my last Duchess painted on the wall,
Looking as if she were alive. I call
That piece a wonder, now: Fr Pandolf's hands
Worked busily a day, and there she stands.
Will't please you sit and look at her? I said
``Fr Pandolf'' by design, for never read
Strangers like you that pictured countenance,
The depth and passion of its earnest glance,
But to myself they turned (since none puts by
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joseph 19 February 2021
this poem was for the day of the 17th - it is now the 19th and it's still poem of the day for the 17th. this site is badly managed. poems of the day do not get updated properly anymore and keep falling days behind. i'm quitting this site i think.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 February 2021
Congratulations being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day! Sheer fun and humor in this brilliant poem 5 Stars!
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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 February 2021
Very humorous poem, a dramatic monologue of the Duke himself about his late wife The Duchess of Ferrara. True humorous since the Duchess was in fresco and so you cannot move the painting from the wall. An exellent poem from Browning, the greatest dramatic monologue poet of his time
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This is a meaningful poem from the great poet world loves. The Dutches and here caricature explained well in the poem. Only the great poetic talent can write such a beautiful poem so loves.
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Gaku Haghiwara 17 September 2020
She IS Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara, the Title Role of a Donizetti's opera. She smiles in the painting for ever, that is an inverted Mona Liza. She is painted on the wall in his upstairs bedroom, his new wife shall see his true wife at night, but You cannot move the painting out, because it is a fresco, which was painted in a day.
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Mahtab Bangalee 03 February 2020
superb great and fantastic dramatic monologue excellent and fabulous poetic expression
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Michael Walker 04 August 2019
Very long, but the dramatic monologue gives more than a glimpse of the character of the Duke, who is the only speaker. The Duke is speaking of his late wife, in a critical way, not mourning for her. An example of Browning's consummate mastery of the dramatic monologue form, in which he has no equals.
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Chinelo I. 16 November 2018
Only genius can subtly show someone with his head stuck far up his own, he can't breathe properly this well with just the right amount of grandiose.
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imaan shahid 29 May 2018
its a dead poem i read 1 line and its too long
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Oratile Diratsagae 11 May 2018
Nice poem. I loved it a lot
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