Poem Comparison Between London and My Last Duchess (Points (Ownership…
Poem Comparison Between London and My Last Duchess
He was an artist and poet in Victorian/Georgian England
he rejected established religion for various reasons
London: 'the youthful harlot's curse'
Harlot means prostitiute
Context: orphan girls were sometimes forced into prostitution to earn money to survive
Links to my last duchess: the duchess was forced into an unpleasant marriage
London: repetition of 'every'
My last duchess: 'she looked on, and her looks went everywhere'
poem starts with criticism of laws relating to ownership
duke criticises duchess for supposed sin
'The depth and passion of its earnest glance'
powerful emotive language highlights how strongly he believes no one but a husband should see such feeling in her eyes
jealousy is a key emotion here
last duchess painted on the wall'
he "owns" her
she has no rights
'That piece a wonder,now'
referring to her as an object
implies he was less satisfied when she was alive
No women's rights
When London was set poverty and child labour were common. Women had no rights
compare with Duke's actions toward the Duchess
Line 2 of My Last duchess: 'Looking as if she were alive.'
In London the poem starts with criticism of laws relating to ownership.
bitter reference to the way in which every aspect of life in London is owned
my last duchess
rivers are often a symbol of life and freedom
Duke arranged for the Duchess to be killed
The poem 'London' featured in Blake's collection called Songs of Innocence and of experience'
The duchess is innocent being happy about everything and not expecting to be killed
Duke is wanting a wife and he is showing to the messenger of his potential father in law he is ...
experienced in having a wife
'experienced' ina bad way