Major discussions of the dramatic monologue

Anthony H. Harrison, Professor of English, North Carolina State University


Note 16, chapter 3, in the author's Swinburne's Medievalism: A Study in Victorian Love Poetry which Louisiana State University Press published in 1979. It has been included in the Victorian web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

For the standard discussion of the special emotional and intellectual effects of the dramatic monologue, see Robert Langbaum, The Poetry of Experience (New York, 1963>, 75-108. See also Ralph W. Rader, "Notes on Some Structural Varieties and Variations in Dramatic 'I' Poems and Their Theoretical Implications," Victorian Poetry, XXII (1984), 103-20; and Morgan, "Swinburne's Dramatic Monologues," 175-95.

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