dramatic monologue

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Generally, a poem delivered as though by a single imagined person, frequently but not always to an imagined auditor: the speaker is not to be identified with the poet, but is dramatized, usually ironically, through his or her own words. One of its most accomplished exponents was R. Browning (‘My Last Duchess’, 1842; ‘Caliban upon Setebos’, 1864). The form was employed by many 19th‐ and 20th‐cent. poets, including Tennyson, Hardy, Kipling, Frost, Pound, and T. S. Eliot.

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