Lyric Definition

A poem that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet.

A Lyric is a type of poem in which the expression is much more personal and tends to show more feeling or emotion throughout the piece. It is often a more formal type of poetry when it is read and written as well, typically spoken in the first person (I/me). There are also many different meters that can be used to express a lyric, or even a combination of meters as well. Even further, many will recognize a lyric within songs and music.

The art of lyric poem is actually derivative from the Ancient Greek culture, in which a lyric was often performed with some type of musical component to accompany it. Aside from Greek culture, we have also seen lyric poetry being used in Rome, China, and even during Medieval times. Of course, this type of poetry is still quite popular today, and can often be found in music in the current 21st century. 

Lyric Poem Example


Top 5 Lyric Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
WHEN I STOP AND PRAY Robinson, William Lyricdevotion, faith, inspirational, life,
Premium Member Poem Tell the Night to Hold Me Barden, Gregory R Lyricforgiveness, heartbreak, heartbroken, lost
Premium Member Poem The End Bateman, Gary Lyricchange, death, god, heaven,
Listen With Your Heart Chircop, Charmaine Lyricbeautiful, fantasy,
Premium Member Poem When Love Becomes an Ocean -Revised Dietrich, Andrea Lyriclove, water,

Other Lyric Definition

[n] a short poem of songlike quality
[n] the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number; "his compositions always started with the lyrics"; "he wrote both words and music"; "the song uses colloquial language"
[adj] expressing deep personal emotion; "the dancer's lyrical performance"
[adj] (music; of a singer or singing voice) being light in volume and modest in range; "a lyric soprano"
[adj] (poetry) "lyric poetry"
[adj] (music) relating to or being musical drama; "the lyric stage"
[v] write lyrics for (a song)

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Misc. Definitions

\Lyr"ic\, Lyrical \Lyr"ic*al\, a. [L. lyricus, Gr. ?: cf. F. lyrique. See {Lyre}.]
1. Of or pertaining to a lyre or harp.
2. Fitted to be sung to the lyre; hence, also, appropriate for song; -- said especially of poetry which expresses the individual emotions of the poet. ``Sweet lyric song.'' --Milton.
\Lyr"ic\, n.
1. A lyric poem; a lyrical composition.
2. A composer of lyric poems. [R.] --Addison.
3. A verse of the kind usually employed in lyric poetry; -- used chiefly in the plural.

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