Robert Browning (1812-1889); "My Last Duchess"
Many poems must be read more than once to be fully understood. It is often that one may notice something that wasn't noticed the first time around. It is also possible for a poem to be read once, and have received the full meaning. Sometimes poems leave one thinking because the poem doesn't provide enough information for an affirmative conclusion. "My Last Duchess" provides examples of leaving readers unclear
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theoretical endings provide grounds for something more entertaining. Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess" has endings that vary from person to person, and from societies of the past to those of today.
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