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Why does the form/structure of dramatic monologue help the reader understand what is going on?

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Both of these poems are dramatic monologues which means that the poet has created a character which then talks to us directly through the use of first person. This is interesting for the reader as it allows us to see the thought processes of the character; particularly interesting when you consider we are talking about a murderer and a person planning a murder.

The form makes the poems seem very immediate, almost as thought we are witnessing events as they unfold and we are left to pnder what we would think if we were the one making the potions in the laboratory. This structure also allows us to imagine being different characters and living in different centuries.      

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