What Is a Dramatic Poem?

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A dramatic poem is a piece of poetry about a character's thoughts or spoken statements, according to Studyguide.org. Unlike other forms of poetry, these poems are not written about the actual author of the piece.

Other forms of poetry, such as a narrative poetry, come from the author's point of view. A dramatic poem, on the other hand, focuses on the character or characters in the poem. This type of poem does not have a narrator because its style is closer to that of a play. For many poets, this option allows them to create pieces that do not focus on them, but instead focus on a fictional character they create.