A literary genre characterized by the assumed concealment of the audience from the poet and by the predominance of an associational rhythm distinguishable both from recurrent metre and from semantic or prose rhythm.
Short, emotional poetry (lyric poetry). In English the chief example of the lyric poem is the sonnet. Lyric is so called because of its associations with song (compare "song lyrics"). The opposite of lyric is narrative poetry, for example the epic poetry of Homer, Virgil, Dante, or Milton. In classical thought, Erato was the Muse (compare "erotic") and Apollo with his lyre was the god of lyric poetry. Calliope was the Muse of epic poetry.
Originally poetry meant to be sung, accompanied by lyre or lute. The term now refers to poems that are short, concentrated in expression, personal in its subject matter, and songlike in quality, e.g. Remembrance Back to the top
Any fairly short poem in which a speaker expresses intense personal emotion, a state of mind or a process of perception, thought and feeling rather than describing a narrative or dramatic situation. Originally, the term "lyric" designated poems meant to be sung but today, the term is sometimes used to refer to any short poem. Note: Although the lyric is uttered in the first person, the "I" in the poem need not be the author.
a short, highly formal, song-like poem, usually passionate and confessional, often about love; a song expressing a private mood or an intense personal feeling. The sonnet and the ode are two specific types of lyric.