What Are the Different Kinds of Dramatic Poetry?

The different kinds of dramatic poetry include dramatic monologue, dialogue and characterization. Dramatic forms of poetry were prevalent in the late 19th century, when American poets used these forms to develop their ideas about their roles in the American culture.

Dramatic poetry is most commonly expressed in the form of a dramatic monologue, which is a long poem written in the form of a speech wherein the character reveals his or her desires and actions at a decisive moment. The speaker in a dramatic monologue is a character other than the author who usually delivers the speech to a silent listener. An example of a dramatic monologue can be found in “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning.