What is lyric poetry? Discuss its various sub-genre in detail, with examples.

2 Answers

literaturenerd's profile pic

literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted on

Lyric poetry is a specific genre of poetry which illustrated the emotions of the author/poet. In its beginning, lyrical poems were sung, accompanied by a lyre (a stringed musical instrument similar to a guitar (given it is strummed)). While lyrical poems no longer require musical accompaniment, the nature of the poems are musical (given their meter). Many sonnets are considered lyrical poems.

A sub-genre of lyrical poetry is elegiac poems. Elegiac poems morn the loss of a loved one or thing. Unlike the traditional lyrical poem, elegiac poems are accompanied by a flute (not a lyre).

Examples of lyrical poems are: William Shakespeare's sonnets, Emily Dickinson's "I Felt a Funeral in My Brain," Rudyard Kipling's "If," and Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ode To The West Wind."

Examples of elegiac poetry are: Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," the anonymously written "The Seafarer," "A Wife's Lament," and "The Wanderer."


User Comments

salimj's profile pic

salimj | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted on

Lyric poetry is a genre of poetry which expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet. Usually these are sung accompanied by a musical instrument (Usually a lyre). Most common meters which is used in lyrical poetry are iambic and trochaic.The term lyric is referred to as the words to a song. The lyric poet addresses the reader directly portraying his or her own feelings

Best examples of lyrical poetry are Sonnet 18 of William Shakespeare, Canterbury Tales of Geofry Chaucer and La Belle De Sans Mercy of John Keats.

Some of the sub genres of lyric poetry are sonnet, odes and ballads.