How's Tennyson's Ulysses a dramatic monologue?

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A dramatic monologue is a poem in which the first-person speaker addresses the reader or an imaginary interlocutor directly and tells a story or makes a series of observations. The monologue reveals the character of the speaker, wherein lies the drama. Tennyson's 1842 poem "Ulysses" is often regarded is the first major example of the form and it became popular among Victorian poets, with Tennyson, Browning and Arnold all writing dramatic monologues.

While Browning's dramatic monologues tend to be very sensational, with unhinged speakers demonstrating their monstrous personalities and confessing to...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on December 12, 2019