‘That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall’: these famous words begin one of Robert Browning’s most famous (and widely studied) dramatic monologues, ‘My Last Duchess’. But what does Browning mean by having the speaker of his line gesture to his last duchess, or rather the painting of her?
‘Down the Mine’ is an essay by George Orwell (1903-50), originally published as the second chapter of his 1937 book The Road to Wigan Pier but later reprinted as a separate essay. In ‘Down the Mine’, Orwell describes his experience of going down an English coal mine to see the […]
‘Neither a borrower nor a lender be’ is a well-known proverbial expression which means ‘do not borrow anything from anyone, and don’t lend anyone anything either’. But should such a sentiment be taken seriously? Or should we take the expression, and the sentiment it expresses, with a pinch of the […]