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Robert Frost's Poetry Analysis

Each poem has its own set of supporting links and resources to enhance your comprehension and successful completion of this assignment. Click on each of the links below to begin this assignment.
1. Robert Frost, “Mending Wall”
"Good fences make good neighbors" is a saying that occurs around the world and that was around long before Robert Frost wrote this poem in which two neighbors with entirely different views of the world take a close look at each other over their adjoining rock wall. If you were in this scene, which neighbor would YOU be? Read this famous poem to discover what it means about neighbors, boundaries, and other observations on life.
Hint: Be sure to check that your reflective responses delve below the surface of each poem assigned. Show me your skills of close reading, research, and analytical thinking (along with academic writing skills) that demonstrate that you thoroughly acquainted yourself with the poem and resources while you used examples from the poem with descriptions!


2. Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess”
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/podcasts/74769/my-last-duchess
Ah . . . another suspicious death! Real-life mystery and intrigue riddle this dramatic monologue in which a Renaissance Italian duke talks to a messenger about a painting of his former wife, who died mysteriously!
Some thoughts to ponder as you explore this poem: What do YOU think happened to the duchess--and why? Did she deserve the accusations from her husband that you read about? What advice would you give the duke's soon-to-be new wife? Just how reliable is this narrator, and does his tone change over the course of his monologue? How do you view the duke and also his “last” wife by the end of the poem (story)? Once you have finished acquainting yourselves with this classic mystery poem, take a few minutes to ponder its nuances before you begin writing! (Hint: Don't be too quick to judge the lady in question!).

This poem entertains as many as it also frustrates. Pay close attention to the change in the speech and behavior of the narrator as he relates what happened to his last wife (what DID happen?!). Would you believe him if you met him at a party and he told you this story? Keep your observation skills keen as you read this fascinating poem
Listen to an audio version of My Last Duchess in the Poetry Foundation. Follow along in the poem as you listen to absorb the language and story in this narrative poem.
Hint: Be sure to check that your reflective responses delve below the surface of each poem assigned. Show me your skills of close reading, research, and analytical thinking (along with academic writing skills) that demonstrate that you thoroughly acquainted yourself with the poem and resources while you used examples from the poem with descriptions!

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