dramatic monologue


Definition of 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

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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, "Boston Symphony Orchestra begins Tanglewood season in style," 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, "He Sang One for the Ages," 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, "Church news," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dramatic monologue

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dramatic monologue was circa 1935

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