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Identify Key Themes in 'My Last Duchess'

In this worksheet, students will practise key themes in 'My Last Duchess'.

'Identify Key Themes in 'My Last Duchess'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel,

Curriculum topic:   Poetry, Poetry Anthology Collections

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'My Last Duchess' Relationships: 'My Last Duchess'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Want to revise some key themes in 'My Last Duchess'?

You've come to the right place!


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To quickly recap: The poem is a dramatic monologue, set in the Renaissance period, in which a wealthy man of high nobility- the Duke of Ferrara-shows a marriage broker a painting of his late wife- his 'last Duchess'. The Duke defames his ex-wife, portraying her as someone who is easily impressed and seems to smile too much! Long story short, the Duke is awful, controlling and domineering- it's quite clear that, as the poem unveils, the Duke is revealed to have killed his wife.


Throughout the entire poem, the Duke emphasises how powerful he is. However, to a reader, his delusion and thirst for authority becomes more and more apparent.

The activity set-up will be quite straightforward. You'll get a quote- just identify the theme that you think is being presented.


It'll help if you write down whatever new or important information you learn along the way!


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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