Saturday, September 4, 2010

Dramatic Monologues

While I like Robert Browning fine, I think the genre of dramatic monologues in poetry has never really been the same since poems by Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot shook out the dust from the genre, and then of course John Berryman, who happened to create a tripartite monologue in the Dreamsongs (despite having three "speakers", I think we can still consider it a dramatic monologue since each speaker is the same person and I don't mean the poet).

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