My Last Duchess (Poem) Summary
Robert Browning

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"My Last Duchess" is a poem written by Robert Browning and published in 1842. Set in the Italian Renaissance and categorized as a dramatic monologue, the poem features an unnamed narrator speaking to the servant of a count, showing him the portrait of his recently deceased wife as he attempts to arrange a marriage with the count's daughter. The narrator admires the beauty of the portrait while criticizing his deceased wife's flirtatious behavior, implying he was responsible for her death. The poem is a reflection on the relationships between art, wealth, power, and gender.

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