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My Last Duchess

My Last Duchess


by Robert Browning

Neptune Taming a Seahorse

Symbol Analysis

The final art object that the Duke points out to the Count’s servant as they leave his gallery is a bronze statue of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, taming a seahorse. The Duke emphasizes that this statue was cast for him specifically and names the sculptor, Claus of Innsbruck – which presumably means that this sculptor is well-known. As readers, we have to consider this statue as a foil to the only other art object that we see in the gallery – the portrait of the Duchess.

  • Lines 54-56: Browning uses alliteration and consonance to unify and structure the lines describing the statue of Neptune.

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