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Dramatic Monologue “a soliloquy with a silent audience”. A single person (NOT the poet) who utters the “speech” that makes up the whole poem Addresses and interacts with one or more other people – they do NOT speak The “speech” in the poem reveals the speaker’s character.

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Dramatic monologue a soliloquy with a silent audience

Dramatic Monologue“a soliloquy with a silent audience”


What is a dramatic monologue

  • A single person (NOT the poet) who utters the “speech” that makes up the whole poem

  • Addresses and interacts with one or more other people – they do NOT speak

  • The “speech” in the poem reveals the speaker’s character

What is a Dramatic Monologue?


Dover Beach – Matthew Arnold

The sea is calm to-night.The tide is full, the moon lies fairUpon the straits; on the French coast the lightGleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand;Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.Come to the window, sweet is the night-air!Only, from the long line of sprayWhere the sea meets the moon-blanched land,Listen! you hear the grating roarOf pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,At their return, up the high strand,Begin, and cease, and then again begin,With tremulous cadence slow, and bringThe eternal note of sadness in.


Sophocles long agoHeard it on the Agaean, and it broughtInto his mind the turbid ebb and flowOf human misery; weFind also in the sound a thought,Hearing it by this distant northern sea.

The Sea of FaithWas once, too, at the full, and round earth's shoreLay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.But now I only hearIts melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,Retreating, to the breathOf the night-wind, down the vast edges drearAnd naked shingles of the world.


Ah, love, let us be trueTo one another! for the world, which seemsTo lie before us like a land of dreams,So various, so beautiful, so new,Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;And we are here as on a darkling plainSwept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,Where ignorant armies clash by night.


Poem Analysis

1. structure

2. story & persona of the narrator

3. theme

4. figures of speech

5. tone/mood

6. speaker

7. personal response


Assignment:

Analyze My Last Duchess by Robert Browning using similar technique(s) as we used in the Dover Beach class example


Work with your partner to write a Dramatic Monologue inspired by your “character” – remember to include poetic devices and stay “in character” throughout!


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