dramatic monologue


: a literary work (such as a poem) in which a speaker's character is revealed in a monologue usually addressed to a second person

Examples of dramatic monologue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conversations tend to happen in snappy banter or dramatic monologues laden with jungle metaphors. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Feb. 2024 Richard Howard, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who made the venerable genre of the dramatic monologue speak in a modern voice, and whose translations brought the work of Roland Barthes, Alain Robbe-Grillet and dozens of other French writers to an Anglophone audience, died on Thursday in Manhattan. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 This novel, hovering somewhere between the older epistolary structure and pure dramatic monologue—between correspondence and a playscript—becomes magically liberated from the more burdensome narrative machinery, that wheezing apparatus of persuasion and pastness. James Wood, The New Yorker, 1 June 2020 With Seth Meyers writer Ben Warheit managed to find a new take on the McRib: a dramatic monologue from the perspective of its son. Vulture, 4 Mar. 2022 When Jenna was 7 years old, her mom filmed her reciting a dramatic monologue and posted it on Facebook. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 7 Dec. 2022 Each dramatic monologue is filmed simply and intimately. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2022 There’s no emotion, no tears, and no dramatic monologue as Brianna mechanically reports that her husband is dead and has his body removed from her house. Kyesha Jennings, Vulture, 10 Nov. 2021 Have each kid come up with a cool dramatic monologue. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2020

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'dramatic monologue.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dramatic monologue was circa 1935

Dictionary Entries Near dramatic monologue

Cite this Entry

“Dramatic monologue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatic%20monologue. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on dramatic monologue

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!