My Last Duchess by Robert Browning | English Literature
" This definitionof her identity by assignation with his title is yet another restrictivedefinition of women’s identity and gender role during that time period.
Robert Browning's Poetry | W. W. Norton & Company
The conventions that defined the Victorian woman’ s role and identity bothas a woman and as a human being must have made life during that time oftendifficult to endure.
Browning reveals this in theopening lines of his poem, when the Duke points to the painting of hiswife that "decorates" his wall: "That’s my last Duchesspainted on the wall .