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Unformatted text preview: English 123/Hong Essay #2: Interpreting Poetry CRAFT & DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES In many dramatic monologues, the speakers often, intentionally or unintentionally, expose themselves as astonishingly cruel, or psychologically disturbed, or hypocritical, or weak, or at the very least, misguided. Yet the narrators may also elicit from us—against all odds—pity, or even sympathy. Choose a dramatic monologue from our poetry unit and discuss the craft involved in the poem, and how the poem invites the reader to understand more than what is being uttered by the speaker. You may choose from the following list: • “Herbert White” (127) • “Porphyria’s Lover” (WebCT) • “My Last Duchess” (35) • “Ulysses” (447) • “Tithonus” (WebCT) Since each dramatic monologue is different, there is no “standard” way to analyze all the poems. So you will have to decide what aspect of the dramatic monologue is important, and part of your thesis/focus will involve telling the reader why this literary aspect of the...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG. 123 taught by Professor Saenahong during the Spring '11 term at Diablo Valley College.
- Spring '11