Comparing And Contrasting The Poems, "Salome" And "My Last Duchess"

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This essay will compare and contrast the two poems ‘Salome’ by Carol Anne Duffy and ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning. The poem ‘Salome’ by Carol Anne Duffy is presumably based on biblical story found in the New Testament books of Matthew. The historical Salome was a daughter of Herodias and Philip, who were one of the ruling families in Palestine. She danced before the ruler, Herod Antipas (Philip's half-brother and her uncle), who promised to grant her any request. John the Baptist had condemned Herodias because of her affair with Herod, who had put him in prison. Prompted by her mother, Salome asked for the head of John, and at once he was executed. The head of John was then presented to her on a platter. Either Carol Ann Duffy doesn’t have great knowledge of the history, or she deliberately takes liberties. The head on the pillow isn’t part of the biblical story of Salome, but seems to have been taken from the feature film, The Godfather, where a character wakes to find on the pillow beside him, the head of his prize racehorse, which in the film is used as a threat. The poem ‘My Last Duchess’ by Robert Browning however, is about a powerful Duke, and his beautiful, flirtatious wife. The poem begins and also ends with him mourning over her death. However, the reader is later lead to believe that he knows more about her death. The Duke chooses his words very carefully, when he talks to his friend about the painting of his wife. He only drops small hints, to his friend about the death of...

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