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Browning and the Dramatic Monologue   By: (1847-1921)

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BROWNING AND THE DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE

NATURE AND INTERPRETATION OF AN OVERLOOKED FORM OF LITERATURE

S. S. CURRY, PH.D., LITT.D. PRESIDENT OF THE SCHOOL OF EXPRESSION

BOSTON EXPRESSION COMPANY PIERCE BUILDING, COPLEY SQUARE

COPYRIGHT, 1908 BY S. S. CURRY

THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, U. S. A.

CONTENTS

PAGE Part I

THE MONOLOGUE AS A DRAMATIC FORM

I. A NEW LITERARY FORM 1

II. THE SPEAKER 12

III. THE HEARER 30

IV. PLACE OR SITUATION 64

V. TIME AND CONNECTION 78

VI. ARGUMENT 86

VII. THE MONOLOGUE AS A FORM OF LITERATURE 100

VIII. HISTORY OF THE MONOLOGUE 113

Part II

DRAMATIC RENDERING OF THE MONOLOGUE

IX. NECESSITY OF ORAL RENDITION 133

X. ACTIONS OF MIND AND VOICE 147

XI. ACTIONS OF MIND AND BODY 172

XII. THE MONOLOGUE AND METRE 195

XIII. DIALECT 222

XIV. PROPERTIES 230

XV. FAULTS IN RENDERING A MONOLOGUE 241

XVI. IMPORTANCE OF THE MONOLOGUE 248

XVII. SOME TYPICAL MONOLOGUES FROM BROWNING 265

INDEX 305

PART I

THE MONOLOGUE AS A DRAMATIC FORM

I. A NEW LITERARY FORM

Why were the poems of Robert Browning so long unread? Why was his real message or spirit understood by few forty years after he began to write?

The story is told that Douglas Jerrold, when recovering from a serious illness, opened a copy of "Sordello," which was among some new books sent to him by a friend. Sentence after sentence brought no consecutive thought, and at last it dawned upon him that perhaps his sickness had wrecked his mental faculties, and he sank back on the sofa, overwhelmed with dismay... Continue reading book >>




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