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1

Who is this by?

Robert browning

2

What is the context of browning?

Had issues with authority. Presents authority to be corrupt and cruel. conflict of power and vulnerability

3

What does this poem show?

If you have name/title able to get away with things others may not. Duke made his wife disappear

4

What quote shows power of a husband to be possessive and controlling?

‘( since none puts by the curtain I have drawn for you, but i)’

5

What does the quote ‘(since none puts by the curtain I have drawn for you, but I)’ show?

Personal pronoun ‘I’ shows self centred, mistreatment of wife shows corrupt power. Shows duke has power over wife in life and death. Patriarchal society shown

6

‘ this grew; I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together’ explain this

Triple short sentence. Imperatives. Suggests he uses this to create tension to make it seem abrupt. Shows power duke has and his ambiguity as he thinks he is clever than he really is

7

‘ I gave commands’ explain

Euphemism for his wife’s murder. It is cold and cynical

8

What quote shows speaker to be born in a wealthy linage?

‘ my gift of a nine hundred years old name with anybody’s gift’

9

Explain the quote ‘ my gift of a nine hundred years old name with anybody’s gift’

Cements gothic nature and creates sense of superiority. Duke believes his power and status he gave his wife were most important gift however ironic as gift he gave her caused her death

10

What other poems links with the themes of power?

Checking out me history(corrupt power) ozymandias