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TASK5ASA - Victorian Poetry and the Dramatic Monologue
Dramatic monologue: a kind of poem in which a single fictional or historical character other than the poet speaks to a silent ‘audience' of one or more persons. Such poems reveal not the poet's own thoughts but the mind of the impersonated character, whose personality is revealed unwittingly; this distinguishes a dramatic monologue from a lyric, while the implied presence of an auditor distinguishes it from a soliloquy. Major examples of this form in English are Tennyson's ‘Ulysses' (1842), Browning's ‘Fra Lippo Lippi' (1855), and T. S. Eliot's ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' (1917).
The Pre- Raphaelite Brotherhood (teacher's notes)
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