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    what is lyrical poetry?
    i am trying to get a practice of it it is still not clear
    any help would be great
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Lyrical poetry is poetry that was written to be sung usually with instrumental accompaniment, or all song lyrics can be called lyrical poetry.

    But others disagree.
    Noun 1. lyric poem - a short poem of songlike quality
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/lyric+poem
    Lyric Poetry consists of a poem, such as a sonnet or an ode, that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet.
    http://wallacethinksagain.blogspot.c...yric-poem.html

    lyric poetry
    a type of emotional songlike poetry, distinguished from dramatic and narrative poetry
    http://dictionary.reference.com/brow...c%20poetry?s=t
    Lyric Poetry consists of a poem, such as a sonnet or an ode, that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet. The term lyric is now commonly referred to as the words to a song. Lyric poetry does not tell a story which portrays characters and actions. The lyric poet addresses the reader directly, portraying his or her own feeling, state of mind, and perceptions.

    Word Origin
    Greek lurikos 'for the lyre', from verses sung to a lyre
    http://www.poeticterminology.net/31-lyric-poetry.htm

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    Last edited by PeterL; 07-06-2015 at 01:44 PM.

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    I would say if you can tap-dance to it it's a go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterL View Post
    Lyrical poetry is poetry that was written to be sung usually with instrumental accompaniment, or all song lyrics can be called lyrical poetry.

    But others disagree.
    Noun 1. lyric poem - a short poem of songlike quality
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/lyric+poem
    Lyric Poetry consists of a poem, such as a sonnet or an ode, that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet.
    http://wallacethinksagain.blogspot.c...yric-poem.html

    lyric poetry
    a type of emotional songlike poetry, distinguished from dramatic and narrative poetry
    http://dictionary.reference.com/brow...c%20poetry?s=t
    Lyric Poetry consists of a poem, such as a sonnet or an ode, that expresses the thoughts and feelings of the poet. The term lyric is now commonly referred to as the words to a song. Lyric poetry does not tell a story which portrays characters and actions. The lyric poet addresses the reader directly, portraying his or her own feeling, state of mind, and perceptions.

    Word Origin
    Greek lurikos 'for the lyre', from verses sung to a lyre
    http://www.poeticterminology.net/31-lyric-poetry.htm

    Search "lyrical poetry definition" for even more definitions.
    PeterL thank you so much for the lengthy post
    i understand it more or less
    but i have a question
    is not a song lyrical?

    can you do you write lyrical poetry?
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRIGGERSIDEWYS View Post
    I would say if you can tap-dance to it it's a go.
    LOL tap dance rap sounds hap
    it may never try
    but when it does it sigh
    it is just that
    good
    it fly

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacian View Post
    PeterL thank you so much for the lengthy post
    i understand it more or less
    but i have a question
    is not a song lyrical?

    can you do you write lyrical poetry?
    SOngs are lyrical. That's why I put in the word origin: "From Ancient Greek "lurikos" meaning 'for the lyre', from verses sung to a lyre. That's why the words of songs are called lyrics.

    I have tried to write lyrical poetry, but it is difficult for someone who doesn't play a musical instrument, not even a lyre.

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    Some people, however, don't consider song lyrics to be poetry. That view doesn't make sense to me, but I wonder what lyrical poetry would mean in that context? Is it possible to have lyrical poetry without at least some expectation that it could be sung if someone wrote music for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YesNo View Post
    Some people, however, don't consider song lyrics to be poetry. That view doesn't make sense to me, but I wonder what lyrical poetry would mean in that context? Is it possible to have lyrical poetry without at least some expectation that it could be sung if someone wrote music for it?
    When I looked at definitions, I was shocked that poetry written to be accompanied by a lyre was not the top definition. If they can't be recited or sung with a lyre (and any musical instrument would fit), then can they be lyrical?

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    It's gotta be a lyre though, anything else is ridiculous..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRIGGERSIDEWYS View Post
    It's gotta be a lyre though, anything else is ridiculous..
    Or its close kin: lute, mandolin, guitar zither, autoharp, harp, dulcimer etc. All of those are very similar in most ways to the ancient Lyre

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    Come to think of it, couldn't you just chant a poem while plucking the strings of a lyre or guitar? I suppose anything could be a lyric poem then.

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    Classically, lyric poetry is defined as a mode and contrasted to narrative and dramatic poetry. Lyric poetry typically lent itself well to songs so it was often sung, but with the advent of the printing press and, especially, the ability to spread the written word to more and more people, lyric poetry no longer needed to be memorized or set to music, so it lost much of its musicality. We can especially see this with the Romantics' use of blank verse for poetry that isn't classically narrative or dramatic (eg, Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey). This blending of modes and the removal of anything that's singable has really created ambiguity around the term and what should/shouldn't be classified as lyric poetry.
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    lyric poetry — plays a subjective personal feeling

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