interior monologue

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An extended representation in prose or verse of a character's unspoken thoughts, memories, and impressions, rendered as if directly ‘overheard’ by the reader without the intervention of a summarizing narrator. The device is distinguished from the dramatic monologue by the fact that the thoughts are unspoken, rather than addressed to an auditor. Many modern poems make use of this convention, and it is widely employed in modern fiction, notably in the deliberately incoherent ‘stream of consciousness’ style adopted by D. Richardson, J. Joyce, and others.

Subjects: Literature.

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