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  •  Someone told me recently ... (3+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, poco, RiveroftheWest

    ... that James Mason did a recording.  Now there's a  perfect voice for this poem!

    I memorized "My Last Duchess" years ago to do as a dramatic monologue and it has remained in my mind, and I can still do the whole thing.  That's a sign of good poetry.  

    The tone of it reminds me of certain Edgar Allan Poe stories -- the ones in which the narrators are so self-absorbed and insistent that they're NOT insane ... that they are oblivious to the fact that they're proving the opposite right in front of you.

    •  Poe is a shrewd comparison: writing at exactly the (3+ / 0-)
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      same time; similar dark characters (though darker, with more gibbering, in Poe). Most of all, they both found a penetrating precision in their psychology, way ahead of their time; and they both revealed it perfectly, in oblique strokes, woven into their storytelling.

      I don't know much about Browning, but my sense is he peered into the abyss, while Poe lived there.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 09:44:47 AM PDT

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