Want to revise some key themes in 'My Last Duchess'?
You've come to the right place!
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!