Grade: all
Subject: Literature

#1431. robert browning

Literature, level: all
Posted Sat Dec 4 11:21:39 PST 1999 by Laurie (
robert browning
Laurie educational and resource network, edmonton, canada
Materials Required: none
Activity Time: 50 min
Concepts Taught: comprehension activities


A dramatic monologue in which the speaker, the Duke of Ferrara, who, while
negotiating a marriage with the daughter of a count, points out to the count's agent a
portrait of his former wife, his 'last duchess'. As he speaks about her, it is intimated
that he arranged for her murder as she didn't properly appreciate the honor he had
bestowed upon her by marrying her.
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