Dramatic Monologue:

"a poem in the form of a speech or narrative by an imagined person, in which the speaker inadvertently reveals aspects of their character while describing a particular situation or series of events."

(Oxford English Dictionary) - submitted by Kate Benn/Rosie Davis

"A literary, usually verse composition in which a speaker reveals his or her character, often in relation to a critical situation or event, in a monologue addressed to the reader or to a presumed listener."

- submitted by Allesandro Congiu/Lauren Isbell/Joey Holroyd/Emily Fitzsimons

"A literary work which consists of a revealing one-way conversation by a character or persona, usually directed to a second person or to an imaginary audience. It typically involves a critical moment of a specific situation, with the speaker's words unintentionally providing a revelation of his character."

- submitted by Haidee Hunt

  • Definitions submitted by BDS' groups

    • A poetic or literary form in which a single character, addressing a silent auditor or an audience is at a critical moment, revealing himself or herself and the dramatic situation.
    • A first person account.
    • To the reader or to a listener.
    • The speaker is a persona created by the poet
    • Performed by one person.
    • Explains the author’s purpose to his work and views
    • Contains is no dialogue or response
    • Offered without overt analysis or commentary, placing emphasis on subjective qualities that are left to the audience to interpret.
    • Also known as a persona poem.
    • Audience is implied.
    • Commonly employed in various forms of theatre, and also on screen.
    • In the form of a speech or narrative by an imagined person
    • The speaker inadvertently reveals aspects of their character
    • Written to reveal.
    • Shares many features with a speech from a play.
    • Could be compared to a diary entry but has more descriptive characteristics.

Dramatic Persona:

- Definitions submitted by BDS' groups

  • [A ‘Persona’ was originally a mask worn in ancient Greek drama in order to distinguish between actors (as their were very few actors in plays). The same Greek word also meant ‘character’.]
  • The assumed identity, voice or fictional ‘I’
  • The speaker in a lyric poem, or the narrator in a fictional narrative.
  • To a presumed listener.
  • Presents a character and a situation solely by means of that character's own words.
  • A character or personality put on by someone, either in ‘real life’ or fiction.
  • The role that one assumes or displays in public or society, distinguishable from the inner self.