Poem introduction

One way of thinking about Browning’s marvellous poem 'My Last Duchess' is that it’s a speech, from an otherwise missing play. It’s a dramatic monologue, from the start with thrust into a situation. A renaissance duke, he’s showing a picture of his late wife to a representative of his prospective wife’s family.

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