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Letters http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/ab-letters/id/1960/rv/compoundobject/cpd/1966/rec/ 1 http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/ab-letters/id/1299/rv/compoundobject/cpd/1309/rec/ 2. Dramatic Monologue. Speaker Reveals his character

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  1. Letters • http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/ab-letters/id/1960/rv/compoundobject/cpd/1966/rec/1 • http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/fullbrowser/collection/ab-letters/id/1299/rv/compoundobject/cpd/1309/rec/2

  2. Dramatic Monologue • Speaker • Reveals his character • Implied listener • Occasion

  3. Examples • Think about • Who is the listener? • What do we find out about the speaker without him/her telling us explicitly? Malificent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC5YUsxROMU&feature=player_embedded Silence http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMVqIISyp60

  4. Persona • The person who is understood to be speaking • Different from the poet • The voice the author chose for a particular purpose

  5. Robert Browning • Psychology • Interested in inner workings of human mind • Mystery/Murder • Dramatic Monologues often delivered by untrustworthy speakers • Up to reader to figure out mystery

  6. My Last Duchess • Ferrara • Allusion to Alfonso II d’Este, Duke of Ferrara • Renaissance Duke • First wife Lucrezia(14) dies mysteriously • Duke quickly remarries • Happens twice

  7. Write a short monologue using the persona (voice) of the Duchess as if she were speaking to a listener about the Duke. • What might she have to say about her husband based on what we know about both of their personalities? • Feel free to add events or incidents that could have occurred between the couple

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