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Lyric poetry is a broadly inclusive category, including sonnets, ballads, songs, odes, elegies, and rondeaus, among others, but three features that might distinguish it are emotion, subjectivity, and melody. Lyric poems are meant to convey the personal feelings (emotion) of a single speaker (subjective) and are often melodic as if they could be sung. The Greeks named lyric poetry so because it was meant to be convey the emotions of a single speaker playing a lyre.
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