Definition of dramatic monologue in English:

dramatic monologue


  • A poem in the form of a speech or narrative by an imagined person, in which the speaker inadvertently reveals aspects of their character while describing a particular situation or series of events.

    • ‘These forces explore one common theme through a series of interlocking dramatic monologues, the actresses being rehearsed separately and due to collide emotionally on stage largely without meeting in advance.’
    • ‘He has also written ballads, songs for children, dramatic monologues, narratives, and poetic anecdotes; his technique is not experimental, but the classical precision of his verse is rarely archaic.’
    • ‘What Luke has managed to do - and it's almost miraculous - is reproduce the metre and rhyme scheme for each of the poems, dramatic monologues and epigrams that he has chosen.’
    • ‘For the point at which the dramatic monologues start to loosen their identities as monologues, as speeches with anyone actually there to listen, is the point at which elegy as genre begins to assert itself most vigorously.’
    • ‘Their case histories became question/answer poems and dramatic monologues.’
    • ‘You won't see a symphony or a string quartet in his catalogue, and his operas are decidedly weird: a vaudeville, a dramatic monologue, and a series of scenes on a very Catholic subject.’
    • ‘Because this little poem is a dramatic monologue that originates in an emotional response to a personal crisis, one would expect the piece as a whole to convey the full run of the motivating emotion.’
    • ‘I am always working in the fictional mode, whether it's what seems like a dramatic monologue or what seems like memoir.’
    • ‘Gluck's early gift was the strident striking of postures - like a talented actor (as the term dramatic monologue suggests), the speakers take impressively ferocious stances.’
    • ‘I also show the film A Room of One's Own, a dramatic monologue based on Virginia Woolf's essay by the same name.’
    • ‘And, for all of her fascination with historical figures (from Dante Alighieri to Charles Darwin), her poems repeatedly avoid the persona poem and the dramatic monologue.’
    • ‘I found a compromise that pleased me in the dramatic monologue and in what I call the meditative lyric, of which Wordsworth's ‘Tintern Abbey’ was an early model.’
    • ‘As Cornelia Pearsall has recently reminded us, dramatic monologues were preoccupied by the transformations that follow the ‘performance of thought.’’
    • ‘But the dramatic monologue, in Browning's version at least, also operates on the basis of a promise.’
    • ‘While the poems work as dramatic monologues in their own right, they are also metaphors for the human search for faith and truth, in art, religion and, yes, even voodoo dolls.’
    • ‘For repeatedly in her poetry, and especially in the two dramatic monologues under consideration, she implicitly challenges the assumptions of reciprocity, consensus, and reception.’
    • ‘Thus their poems are not dramatic monologues or first-person confessions.’
    • ‘Many of those in More to Remember are written in such fixed forms as the haiku, triolet, dramatic monologue, and sonnet while others experiment with slant rhyme, indentation, and the blues form.’
    • ‘Among the most pleasurable of his books, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments offers a series of brief dramatic monologues demonstrating the tears and tantrums - and the derivativeness - of the state of being in love.’
    • ‘In fact, the poem's conceit recapitulates the premise of the dramatic monologue, recasting the distance between writer and interpreter, otherwise indistinguishable in this case, as a temporal function.’
    monologue, speech, address, lecture, oration, sermon, homily, stand-up, aside
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