Drama vs Poem: Similarities & Differences


Poetry and Drama belong to different types of literature, but share some features, including foreshadowing, figures of speech and conflict. An element present in the two is set, which depicts the geographic, physical and historical context of the two works of fiction. In fact, the setting has made it possible for poems and dramas to influence the attitude people to have on a given race, social class and even gender (Hühn and Sommer). Also, the two works result from a writer’s creativity. Hence, they both have to commit their artistic works within their expected forms, for instance, 14 lines for a poetry sonnet.


Drama and poetry ascribe to two distinct genres. To be specific, drama performers aim at stage productions and unique art performances, unlike poets who personalize their abstract works with rhythmic stanzas that attract readers all over the world (Davis). In addition, poetry is a written form of art that expresses observations, feelings, and emotions via a cadence of rhythm and is purely a poet’s perspective, written down in the first person singular. Drama, on the other hand, performs the words and actions on stage, hence irrespective of being a personal story, it must have other characters who are different from the writer; well-known as narrators (Davis).
The style also depicts the difference between the two genres. Drama pieces, for instance, have no room for an abstract because the work sticks to the chosen plot to achieve a consistent flow. Poetry, on the other hand, has the freedom to choose words, establish a rhythm, and create varied meanings to different readers (Davis).

Works Cited
Davis, Spencer Hope. “Differences Between Poetry & Drama,” 2015. classroom.synonym.com. 29 April 2015.
Hühn, Peter and Roy Sommer. “Narration in Poetry and Drama,” 1 November 2013. The living handbook of narratology. 29 April 2015.

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