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What is dramatic poetry? Discuss its various sub-genres with examples.   answer the question in detail with examples please.

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The most common form of dramatic poetry is the dramatic monologue. Also known as a persona poem, the dramatic monologue is a speech written from the first person point of view of an imagined character in poetic verse form.

A famous example of this type of poetry is “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning. In this poem, the speaker is a duke discussing a portrait of his late wife and the problems he had with her. The unique style of the poem allows the reader to infer aspects of the duke’s character as well as see the world through his eyes. Browning is often considered the master of the genre because of his penchant for writing in this form. Other poems of his that are dramatic monologues are “Porphyria’s Lover” and “The Laboratory.”

Other famous examples of dramatic monologue written by different authors include T.S. Eliot’s “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock,” Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ulysses,” and Rudyard Kipling’s “Gunga Din.”

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Dramatic poetry is drama, written in verse form,  that is either sung or could be.

Sub-categories of dramatic poetry include comedies and tragedies.  Ballads have been considered dramatic poetry as well.

Although today, Shakespeare's plays are not really considered dramatic poetry so much as they are considered dramas, most of his plays are written in (or adhere closely to) iambic pentameter.

Probably Sophocles is a more common name in dramatic poetry.  Oeidpus and Antigone are two of his most famous plays that were originally written with a very rigid structure and could have been considered dramatic poetry.

Generally speaking, it is thought that dramatic poetry originated with the very first dramas, as it was a way to write long lines that were easily memorized.  Since then, the term "dramatic poetry" is rarely used, as we've branched our literature into either "drama" or "poetry."  I think it goes without say though, that most classic drama is written in verse form.

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