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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Go ahead and nominate associate principal horn Richard Sebring for best actor; his many solos in the scherzo played out like dramatic monologues, and some steely phrases even recalled the cadences of human speech. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2019 Mercer fit his lyrics to the tune impeccably, creating a dramatic monologue that’s a masterpiece of urban loneliness and loss. WSJ, 2 Nov. 2018 The service includes dramatic monologues of characters involved in the death of Christ and a sharing of the Last Supper. Daily Southtown, 20 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Dramatic monologue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dramatic%20monologue. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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