Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: What is a Soliloquy?

Friday, March 26, 2010

What is a Soliloquy?

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The name of my blog came to me out of thin air. When I was thinking of URLs to buy, this just came to me and, to be honest, I was not 100% sure what a "Soliloquy" was at the time. I have titles for many unwritten books in my head but this one seems to fit me the best.

I knew that a "soliloquy" had something to do with talking and the "sol" part was a nice clue that it meant single because of "solo". But I just liked the way the phrase flowed - Sunday Morning Soliloquy.

Last night at a networking event, I handed someone my blog card and he asked me, "What does that word mean?" I was slightly stumped myself. Not because I didn't know, because I've looked it up 100X since I started this blog, but I could not articulate it in a way that sounded remotely eloquent.

This morning when I woke up, I decided to look the word up again. I surfed through various definitions and finally found one that really defined the word "Soliloquy" best. Here is the definition of Soliloquy...

Soliloquy is an audible oratory or conversation with oneself. It is a term that is typically applied to theatrical characters engaged in a monologue, but can also be a term that is simply descriptive of any occurrence when one talks with oneself. Soliloquy can take the form of a dramatic or comedic monologue that is illusory (or abstractly hallucinagenic or dreamlike) of either a single passage or an entire series of unspoken reflections, and can therefore be a theatrical technique instrumental in advancing several ideas and thoughts in one sequence.

I named my blog without knowing 100% what the word meant but as it turns out, no one word could describe me better. I talk to myself ALL THE TIME. And this vehicle, my blog, is where I am able to publish my "audible oratory or conversation" with myself. This is my soliloquy. That I write more often than just Sunday.

Before I close this post. I want to share with you a few line from a soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet. My favorite line is bold.

Now I am alone.
O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
Is it not monstrous that this player here,
But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
Could force his soul so to his own conceit

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