What Are Examples of Famous Dramatic Poems?

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" by T.S. Eliot and "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning are examples of dramatic monologue poems. Dramatic poetry is meant to be real aloud to an implied audience via an assumed voice.

"Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister" by Robert Browning is another dramatic poem. The Victorian poet became distinctive for his use of the dramatic monologue in poetry. "A Grammarian's Funeral" and "Abt Vogler" are other examples of his use of the dramatic technique in poetry.

Browning's skill with dramatic monologue influenced poets such as Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot. Pound's "Canto" poems are examples of dramatic poetry. "Killing Floor" by Ai is also influenced by Browning's technique.

Sylvia Plath wrote two dramatic poems, "Lady Lazarus" and "Mirror." Additionally, John Berryman uses the technique in his "Dream Songs" series. The series includes the dramatic monologues "Mr. Bones" and "Henry." John Ashbery's "Daffy Duck in Hollywood" is another example.

Poet Robert Hayden gives another example of dramatic monologue in "Night, Death, Mississippi." This poem is told from the point of view of an aging Ku Klux Klan member as he listens to a lynching he's too old and feeble to join.

Rudyard Kipling offers two famous examples of dramatic poetry, "Sestina of the Tramp-Royal" and "Gunga Din."