Write a detailed note on "dramatic monologue." Please give some examples.

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Dramatic monologue is also known as a persona poem. A dramatic monologue is when one person speaks to an audience and expresses his or her innermost thoughts and feelings. This speech is usually for an extended period of time, not just a few lines. Although a dramatic monologue is similar to a soliloquy, they differ in that a dramatic monologue has an audience, while a soliloquy does not.

Dramatic monologues are common in poetry, plays, and also novels. In novels, dramatic monologues are used to help tell the story and to convince the reader of a character's thoughts and feelings. In poetry and plays, dramatic monologues more obviously state how the character is thinking and feeling.

Some examples of dramatic monologues include Tennyson's Ulysses, Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, and Sylvia Plath's Daddy. In all of these examples, a character is speaking for an extended amount of time and also reveals thoughts and feelings.

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Dramatic monologue is spoken verse that allows a reader or a spectator (if it is a play) to gain insight into the speaker’s innermost feelings or thoughts. It is not the same thing as a soliloquy, however, because a dramatic monologue has an audience whereas a soliloquy does not. In a soliloquy, a character is speaking to himself or thinks he is speaking to himself, but in a dramatic monologue, people are listening.

Some famous dramatic monologues are My Last Duchess, by Robert Browning, Ulysses, by Tennyson, The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot, the ghost of Hamlet’s father speaking to Hamlet in the beginning of the play, Lady’s Macbeth’s monologue to Macbeth when she is trying to convince him to kill Duncan (it begins, “Was the hope drunk wherein you dress'd yourself?), etc.

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