My Last Duchess is a poem narrated by a duke, who at first seems to be simply describing a portrait of his late wife and reminiscing about when it was painted. As the poem progresses, however, it is revealed that the duke was jealous of his young wife’s flirtatious attitude (which may or may not have been real), and feels that she did not appreciate him enough. Major themes in this poem are female sexuality, control, and objectification.

Summary of My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

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