Lyric poetry

formal type of poetry

Lyric poetry is a formal type of poetry which expresses personal feelings, usually spoken in the first person.[1] The term derives from a form of Ancient Greek literature, the lyric, which was defined by its musical accompaniment, usually on a stringed instrument known as a lyre.[2]

Examples of lyric poets from the 20th century are the Frenchmen Paul Éluard and Paul Valéry and the Englishmen Robert Graves and Ted Hughes. American poets who wrote lyric poetry H.D., Shel Silverstein, Anne Sexton, and T. S. Eliot.

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  1. Scott, Clive, Vers libre: the emergence of free verse in France, 1886–1914 Clarendon Press, Oxford ISBN 9780198151593
  2. Miller, Andrew. Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation/books?id=80MpjrOfTH8C&pg=PR12 pp. xii ff]. Hackett Publishing (Indianapolis), 1996. ISBN 978-0872202917.

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