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Unformatted text preview: Class Notes: Don Juan 28/02/2008 11:29:00 Clearly tied to the epic tradition- Very long- Narrative- There is a clear hero- Significant action- Tone is one of high seriousness (in a real epic)- Effaced (invisible) narrator Byron is very conscious of the epic tradition because he is mocking it- There is a whole class of these types of poems, aptly named mock epics Mock Epics- Mock epics are parodies of epic poems and epic form- Rather than a serious tone, mock epics are comedic Form (Don Juan)- Ottava Rima- Rhymes are multisyllabic- Rhymes are also feminine Criminal conversation acts Difficult to place in the romantic period Class Notes: The Dramatic Monologue 28/02/2008 11:29:00 - The dramatic monologue is the great innovation of the Victorian age Many Victorian poets wrote almost exclusively in the form of the dramatic monologue - The dramatic monologue can be compared to taking a play and carving it down to just one speech It would be a speech by only one of the players in the play, but it would give enough information to give a sense of setting, who the speech was directed to etc. - The major difference between the dramatic monologue and the romantic ode is that though they are both traditionally written in the first person, in the dramatic monologue I cannot necessarily be identified as the author himself The speaker can be a different sex, as well as from a different social class, time, place, etc - Poets like Tennison and Browning may have began writing romantic odes in order to distance themselves as authors from their audience(s) - Romantic odes were usually written in conversational language. This tradition is carried over to the dramatic monologue, if for no other reason than because the speaker in a dramatic monologue is speaking to someone else....
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