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Dramatic monologue

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Dramatic monologue

  1. 1. Dramatic Monologue The “Persona Poem”
  2. 2. Origins  Technique can be seen in a lot of ancient Greek dramas  Became popular as a form of poetry in the Victorian era with the poet, Robert Browning (Father of the Dramatic Monologue)
  3. 3. Features  An audience is implied – We know someone is listening, but the speaker never comes right out and says it  There is no dialogue – A monologue is not a conversation!  The poet is speaking through an assumed voice – usually some sort of fictional identity (i.e. a character)
  4. 4. Features (cont.)  The dramatic monologue stands alone – the poet does not offer any direct analysis or commentary  The audience is left to interpret the character’s actions/motivations
  5. 5. Purpose  To give insight into the character’s personality  To indicate to the reader the character’s background or history
  6. 6. Purpose  To give insight into the character’s personality  To indicate to the reader the character’s background or history

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