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    can any1 help me in a critical analysis ??

    hi there

    i need ur help in Criticism specially "Structuralism

    i have chosen the poem "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning
    to apply the Structuralism's princeples on it

    So, if any1 can help me PLZ


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    Re: can any1 help me in a critical analysis ??

    Welcome to the forums.

    You don't believe in starting small!

    I quote: "For instance, when a structuralist critic analyzes Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess", she wouldn't isolate the poem as a liberal humanist would do. She feels that the only way to truly understand the poem is to put it in a larger context, to take into consideration other 19th century poetry, to understand the events that inspired this poem, to understand Browning's background, etc. If language is a structure of arbitrary signs, then the structuralism believe that language isn't a true reflection of the world (Barry, 42)."

    Try these sites for a start: "My Last Duchess" - Analysis
    My Last Duchess: Study Guide


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    Re: can any1 help me in a critical analysis ??

    First: thanx 4 ur reply...

    The quote is showing that when u analyze a literary text u should:
    "take into consideration other 19th century poetry, to understand the events that inspired this poem, to understand Browning's background, etc."

    BUT one of the structuralism principles is:

    Structuralists dismiss the importance of the author & any historical or literary period.

    Also, i couldn't apply the idea of Mytheme -one of Structuralism principles- on "My Last Duchess" !!

    thanx 4 ur help again ....

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