Meaning of “dramatic monologue” in the English Dictionary

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"dramatic monologue" in British English

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dramatic monologuenoun [ C ]

US also dramatic monolog /drəˌmæt.ɪk ˈmɒn.əl.ɒɡ/ /drəˌmæt̬.ɪk ˈmɑː.nə.lɑːɡ/

Examples from literature

  • But the largest, if not the greatest work in the volume must be sought for, not in the romances, properly speaking, nor in the lyrics, but in the dramatic monologues. 
  • Clive, the most popular in style, and certainly one of the finest poems in the volume, is a dramatic monologue very much akin, in subject, treatment and form, to the narratives in the first series. 
  • Hence his persistent use of the dramatic monologue. 
  • The larger part of the volume consists of dramatic monologues. 
  • To Browning belongs the credit of having created a new poetic form,—the dramatic monologue. 

(Definition of “dramatic monologue” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dramatic monologue" in American English

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dramatic monologuenoun [ C ]

/drəˈmæt̬·ɪk ˈmɑn·əˌlɔɡ, -ˌlɑɡ/

literature a poem written as if someone is speaking to an unseen listener about important events or thoughts

(Definition of “dramatic monologue” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)