My Last Duchess

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Part 1

Answer the quiz

You will need to have read the poem, “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning.

My Last Duchess

BY ROBERT BROWNING (Links to an external site.)

Looking as if she were alive. I call

That piece a wonder, now; Fra Pandolf’s hands

Worked busily a day, and there she stands.

Will’t please you sit and look at her? I said

“Fra Pandolf” by design, for never read

Strangers like you that pictured countenance,

The depth and passion of its earnest glance,

But to myself they turned (since none puts by

The curtain I have drawn for you, but I)

And seemed as they would ask me, if they durst,

How such a glance came there; so, not the first

Are you to turn and ask thus. Sir, ’twas not

Her husband’s presence only, called that spot

Of joy into the Duchess’ cheek; perhaps

Fra Pandolf chanced to say, “Her mantle laps

Over my lady’s wrist too much,” or “Paint

Must never hope to reproduce the faint

Half-flush that dies along her throat.” Such stuff

Was courtesy, she thought, and cause enough

For calling up that spot of joy. She had

A heart—how shall I say?— too soon made glad,

Too easily impressed; she liked whate’er

She looked on, and her looks went everywhere.

Sir, ’twas all one! My favour at her breast,

The dropping of the daylight in the West,

The bough of cherries some officious fool

Broke in the orchard for her, the white mule

She rode with round the terrace—all and each

Would draw from her alike the approving speech,

Or blush, at least. She thanked men—good! but thanked

Somehow—I know not how—as if she ranked

My gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name

With anybody’s gift. Who’d stoop to blame

This sort of trifling? Even had you skill

In speech—which I have not—to make your will

Quite clear to such an one, and say, “Just this

Or that in you disgusts me; here you miss,

Or there exceed the mark”—and if she let

Herself be lessoned so, nor plainly set

Her wits to yours, forsooth, and made excuse—

E’en then would be some stooping; and I choose

Never to stoop. Oh, sir, she smiled, no doubt,

Whene’er I passed her; but who passed without

Much the same smile? This grew; I gave commands;

Then all smiles stopped together. There she stands

As if alive. Will’t please you rise? We’ll meet

The company below, then. I repeat,

The Count your master’s known munificence

Is ample warrant that no just pretense

Of mine for dowry will be disallowed;

Though his fair daughter’s self, as I avowed

At starting, is my object. Nay, we’ll go

Together down, sir. Notice Neptune, though,

Taming a sea-horse, thought a rarity,

Which Claus of Innsbruck cast in bronze for me!

Part 2

Thesis Statements

To complete this assignment, I am attaching a sample of how to create Thesis Statements. You will have to create two thesis statements for the poem “My Last Duchess”. In order to create these thesis statements, you must understand what you are writing. You are writing an essay that proves that you KNOW the reason WHY Mr. Browning created “My Last Duchess.” You may believe he created “My Last Duchess” to reveal the theme of traditional versus morals. You may think he created the theme to reveal the conflict of man versus self or man versus man.

Nonetheless, you MUST create two thesis statements that identify the reason why Robert Browning created, “My Last Duchess.” A thesis statement should be no longer than one sentence long. It CANNOT include personal pronouns such as: I, me, my, we, us, our. It CANNOT include contractions such as: can’t , didn’t, don’t, won’t, etc.

The thesis statements must include the author’s full name: Robert Browning and it must include the title of the poem, “My Last Duchess”.

I am going to attach examples of Sample Thesis Statements to assist you, I am also going to attach a list of figurative language terms to assist you as you create your thesis statements. For example a figurative language term is SYMBOLISM. You may decide to write a thesis statement on the symbolism that was shown in “My Last Duchess, therefore, you want to really look at the terms to assist you.

This assignment can be difficult so please take the time out to say, “Why did Robert Browning write this poem?” In your thesis statement, DO NOT tell me what the story was about, I read it — inform me on WHY she created it. Make sure that you read all the attachments that I attached.

Part 3

Works Cited

you have to find THREE SOURCES that support your thesis statement. For example, if you talked about man vs. man conflict then you want to find THREE articles from BCCC database(s) that talk about or mentions man vs. man conflict in “My Last Duchess.” Below, I will AGAIN, show you how your assignment should look, a lot of you are losing points because you simply will not follow my sample, you are losing 5 points for each error, and that goes along with not following the sample given.

Type in the title of the story just like this: my last duchess

Make sure once you type in the title this comes up: “My Last Duchess” (poem)


Once you find an article (three) that you like, click on your first article of your choice. Once you click on the title of the article, on your right side you will see the words Citation Tools.

Click on Citation Tools and Copy and Paste the source correctly. Make sure that when you do your copy and paste whatever was originally in italics stays in italics. Also make sure that your source looks exactly like the source you are copying and pasting with its indentation.
Your sources should be indented just the way you see the sample, your sources should be alphabetical order by the authors’ last names, your sources should also be checked to see what is in italics should also be in italics, what needs to be in quotations should stay in quotations.All of your sources should be double-spaced. You can only use Arial or Times New Roman 11 or 12 point font size.

PLEASE REMEMBER — to look back at your sources, from the database, whatever is in italics must stay in italics, what is in quotation marks must stay in quotation marks or points will be deducted. Thank you.

Part 4


Topic: This assignment will save your life IF you complete this correctly. The outline is an intense skeleton for your final critical analysis essay. The outline is actually like you writing your full critical analysis essay on “My Last Duchess. As always I have attached a sample. Really look at the sample and review it before beginning your work.

Directions: Please look at the sample that is attached. What you see in BOLD AND IN PARENTHESIS is me showing you HOW to write an outline. You must type an outline, which must include roman numerals, numbers, and letters. Your outline MUST look like the sample shown. Of course you should not have the directions like what is underlined and in in parenthesis.

Take your time and review the sample attached. If you do this correctly, your final essay will be a piece of pie! The second sample is a sample outline that student started. Take a look at the the second attachment as well, to show you how your outline should flow.

Part 5

Final Essay

Topic: This is your final critical analysis essay on “My Last Duchess”. This essay should be very simple IF you did the outline correctly. Please follow my outline below and your essay will be extremely easy.

Directions: Below, I will give an outline of how your final essay should flow, but still look at my sample attached for the heading and title. Remember as always: you cannot use personal pronouns or contractions. Only use Arial or Times New Roman, 11 or 12 point font size. Double space your work and of course indent all paragraphs.

Here is the outline of how your final essay should flow:

Your first paragraph should be: Your introduction sentence(s) and your thesis statement. Once you place them together then indent.

Your second paragraph should be: Your number 1 and that letter a. Once you place them together then indent.

Your third paragraph should be: Your number 2 and that letter a. Once you place them together then indent.

Your fourth paragraph should be: Your number 3 and that letter a. Once you place them together then indent.

Your fifth paragraph should be: Your conclusion sentence. Then indent.

The Works Cited should now be on a page by itself. The words Works Cited should be centered, and should NOT be in bold.

You should erase all roman numerals, all numbers and the letter a’s. Your outline should start to look like an essay and NOT an outline.

Also, you cannot use contractions or personal pronouns.

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