Dramatic Poetry

Definition of Dramatic Poetry:
Poetry in which one or more characters speak.

Example of Dramatic Poetry #1:


   “Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore—
    Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
    It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”
        Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

Example of Dramatic Poetry #2:

Doing a man's work, though a child at heart 
He saw all spoiled. "Don't let him cut my hand off 
The doctor, when he comes. Don't let him, sister!"
So. But the hand was gone already.

Example of Dramatic Poetry #3:


Pitying, I dropped a tear:
But I saw a glow-worm near,
Who replied, "What wailing wight
Calls the watchman of the night?

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Dranatic poetry:
  • Definition of dramatic poetry
  • Examples of dramatic poems
  • Examples of authors using dramatic poetry
  • Explanation of how dramatic poetry is used

Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices such as dramatic poetry helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of dramatic poetry, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 

Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like dramatic poetry.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

Slideshow:    Dramatic Poetry

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See also:    Narrative Poetry