Dramatic Monologue is a poetic style popular in the Victorian era and popularized perhaps most famously in Tennyson's poem Ulysses published in 1842. The notable features of a dramatic monologue include the concept of a speaker or reader who is both narrator of the story and, by virtue of what is revealed about the speaker, a character of interest in their own right. Ulysses himself is the speaker in the poem in which he weighs the comparative virtues of a contemplative or more active life. The poem is written in iambic pentameter (10 syllables per line).
Dramatic monologue- noun; a literary, usually a verse composition in which the speaker reveals his or her character, often in relation in critical situation or event, in a monologue addressed to the reader or presumed listener.