This poem shares similarities with the historical figure, Duke of Ferrara.
Supposedly, he was dissatisfied with his wife, so he killed her and remarried.
- The poem is about a Duke talking to a messenger who is there to help arrange his next marriage.
- The Duke shows off his wealth and status by making reference to his paintings and his reputation. He explains the problem he had with his disrespectful wife; who was very flirtatious.
- The patriarchal Duke is extremely controlling over his former wife, the messenger and the reader too.
- Dramatic monologue
- Iambic pentameter
- 10 syllables: five stressed and five unstressed
- Pauses reflect the natural breaks in the conversation
- Lines and ideas running into another, as would in conversation
- One stanza
- Rhyming couplets
- Direct address
- Rhetorical question
- Power of humans
- Power of art
- Power of memory
- Love and relationship
- First person experience