If you look at the first part you can see how he views his wife as being beautiful and tells sort of, why he wanted her as his wife. She was beautiful, kind hearted, and easy to please. But as the poem goes on there is a different twist to it. It shows how when she received these lavish gifts of his he didn’t really win over her love, he wasn’t special.
To understand this poem you must look into the history of it. Also you must know what a "Dutch" is. A dutch is the wife or widow of a duke. The poem took place in Italy during the Renaissance. The poem has more than one theme. Power egoism are the strongest. And to me the poem is a little sick. The duke is excited to have power over his late wife through a curtain."'twas not her husband's presence only" saying the reason she smiled was not only because of the duke but the dutch my have been "too friendly" then "I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together." he is glad to say he killed her and had plaesure of having command to now be the only man to make her smile.also what i have looked up this is called a "dramatic monologue".
This poem to me is about someone who deeply inside cannot stand his wife. He tends to talk graciously about his wife in the first couple of lines, and then in line 9 he begins to degrade her. Line 9 I believe is the antithesis. I actually like how this person talks so sweet and describes how beautiful his wife is in the beginning, and then starts insulting her. In line 5- 9 I notice that he talks about people who look at his wife in a positive way, but inside he expresses the emotion of hate towards her. "I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together," is my favorite line in the poem because this shows that he decided to take action from feeling this emotion of hate, which is the action of murder.
Kenia,Nyasia, and Brittany, what objections might you have to marrying the duke, knowing who he is and what he is capable of doing?
This poem was a bit confusing at first but as I read it over, It became clearer and I understood it more. I believe this poem is about a man talking to himself about how beautiful his painting of a women is. I believe that it is a painting of his deceased lover because he says "Looking as if she were alive." Also, he makes it seem like he is obsessed with the figure in the painting and wants her to come alive "There she stands As if alive. Will’t please you rise?" This gives the impression that he is on the crazy side. My favorite couplet in this poem is "Sir, ’twas all one! My favor at her breast, The dropping of the daylight in the West." I like these two lines because the rhymes at the end really complement each other - however, I do not know what he means by "West."
That's where the sun sets.
The Duke describes the portrait of the girl and she seems like a lovely girl. However near the end, he writes that she flirts with other people and didn't appreciate him. Then he arranges a marriage with another woman?
I believe that is about a man who thinks the painting is beautiful. This man seems psycho because he looks obsessed with the painting and he says that the women in the painting is his wife. He is asking her to come alive and talks about her breasts. This is why it makes me think hes obsessed with his own artwork and crazy. Overall, I think this is a great peom.
When I first read this poem i didnt know what I had just read, then I read it over a few times and realized this man is crazy.
I liked the reading in class..... this poem was very hard to understand because the fact that theres about 4 or more voices! I thought at first it was only 3 voices but today in class you said 4 voices! I agree with Brandon, this poem needws to be read over and over again to fully be understood! The cat was so easy to understand!! Like seriously, come on guys... it jumps, its licks its nose, and its lies on its back! CAT! CAT! Haha i liked this poem!
I read this poem like 4 times already and I still don't fully understand it.
MR.BAGLEY! I NOW UNDERSTAND THE POEM! OMG THIS ONE WAS AMAZING!!!
In this poem the Duke is describing his wife, the Duchess. Although he believes her to be beautiful he speaks about her as if she is a nuisance. She is flirtatious and as he describes her, she sounds like a "whore". He feels disgust for her as is implied in lines 36 through 38. I feel like at the end when he says,"I gave commands;Then all smiles stopped together" he means that he killed her and that is why in the painting she is "looking as if she WERE alive". At the end of the poem he wants a new wife and is negotiating for the count's daughter.