Dramatic Monologue: This Essay Spells Out The Salient Features Of The Dramatic Monologue, With Examples.

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The Dramatic Monologue is a type of a lyric poem. It was developed in the Victorian period. Robert Browning is said to have perfected the Dramatic Monologue, with poems such as “My Last Duchess”, and “Soliloquy of a Spanish Cloister”.As it’s name states, it is a monologue, hence it is a speech uttered by a single person. In its fullest form, the dramatic monologue has three salient features –Firstly, a single person who is patently not the poet, utters the speech that makes up the whole of a poem, in a specific situation at a critical moment. The dramatic monologue must occur at a critical moment, as it is this feature that distinguishes the dramatic monologue from a monologue. It also gives a dramatic effect, as it gives the reader the feeling that the something has happened before which has led to the utterance of the dramatic monologue. For instance, in the poem, “The Forsaken Merman” by Matthew Arnold, the Merman’s human wife has abandoned him and their children in order to go pray in a church. The Merman utters the poem at the time when he realizes that that his wife will never come back.Secondly, this person addresses and interacts with one or more other people, but we know of the auditor’s presence only from clues in the discourse of the single speaker. The auditor never speaks, but we know of what he or she says and does when the speaker tells us. For instance, in the poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot, the implied auditor is Prufrock’s lover. We know of her presence when Prufrock addresses her, for example “Let us go then, you and I”. This first line of the poem tells us then that the poem is addressed to a specific person. Another instance is “Oh, do not ask, “What is it?” ” This line tells us...

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