Research Topic: Lyric PoetryWhat is the orgin of lyric poetry or what was the time it was most prevalent?I am looking for a reliable source that describes the orgins of poetry forms. I can use the...

Research Topic: Lyric Poetry

What is the orgin of lyric poetry or what was the time it was most prevalent?

I am looking for a reliable source that describes the orgins of poetry forms. I can use the Internet but not Wikipedia as a source.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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From your question, I am guessing that you are actually looking for reliable sources on this topic (as for a research paper?) rather than a direct answer to your question.

Poetry, as a research topic, is much easier to research using books rather than the Internet.  It is easier to look at it as a topic of history and literature, and in my experience, the Internet is insufficient compared to the many publications that already exist.

Because lyric poetry began in ancient Greece, the first place you could start (in a library) is in the non-fiction literature section.  The books categorized in the 880s (of the Dewey Decimal System) are all about classical Greek literature.  881 is Greek poetry.  From there, you need to decide if you wish to move chronologically (which would be more difficult) or regionally, when it comes to discussion of lyric poetry.  Literature books are categorized by region of origin (American, English, Spanish, German, French, etc.).  Certainly, each country has a representation of lyric poetry.  It might be easier to categorize your paper regionally rather than chronologically.

I also encourage you to talk to a librarian, who will also be able to provide you with key words to search and other publications which will not only aid your research, but provide more scholarly information than what can be found on the Internet.  (NOTE: the information provided by Enotes in the link below originally comes from Wikipedia.  If you cannot use it as a source, certainly you can use it for ideas for further research.)

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