Lyric Poetry


Definition of Lyric Poetry:
Personal, reflective poetry that expresses the speaker's emotions or thoughts on a subject.


Example of Lyric Poetry #1:

From:

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.



Example of Lyric Poetry #2:

From:

Pitying, I dropped a tear:
But I saw a glow-worm near,
Who replied, "What wailing wight
Calls the watchman of the night?


Example of Lyric Poetry #3:

From:

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.



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Lyric poetry:
  • Definition of lyric poetry
  • Examples of ltric poems
  • Examples of authors using lyric poetry
  • Explanation of how lyric poetry is used





Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices such as lyric poetry helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of lyric poetry, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 


Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices such as lyric poetry.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

Slideshow:    Lyric Poetry

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See also:    Narrative Poetry