the Lyricalworks site, we're going to concentrate on lyric poetry. Lyric
poetry goes back at least as far as Classical Greece, where it was often
composed to be recited to the sounds of the lyre, flute, or other instrument.
These song-like origins are central to an understanding of this type
The heroic narratives of epic poetry, such
as Beowulf or Homer's Odyssey and Illiad,
challenge the mind and stir the blood. They concern great ideas and
the histories of peoples and countries. Lyric works are more subjective
and personal in origin, although they, too, may touch on universal themes.
Lyric poetry is honest and direct, an emotional
outpouring from the poet's heart. A lyric poem is not intended to impress
you with its erudition or cleverness, so you generally won't find an
elaborate construction of intellectual or poetic conceits. Rather, it
appears spontaneous, very human, even conversational. Many lyric poems
are indeed quite simple, yet very moving.
A lyric poem may be an emotional response to
an event or occasion; perhaps the poem describes a passionate moment.
Other times, the poet is more reflective, trying to make sense of an
experience and applying it to a broader field of life. Almost always,
you will feel the pulse of a deep river of feeling.
Although quite subjective, lyric poetry can
certainly touch on some of the great themes of lifelove, death,
war, loss, identity, loneliness, friendship, nature, spirituality, meaning,
and purpose. However, in the lyric realm expect to find insights regarding
these great themes, not lengthy arguments or dramatic events.
refers to certain intangible qualities in an art formemotional,
melodic, harmonious, rhythmic, heartfelt. You will see the term lyric
or lyrical applied to music compositions, paintings, architecture,
and other works of art in addition to poetry and prose.
Keep your eyes and ears open and see if these
works sing to you in some way. What are they saying? Do they leave you
with a single impression that you can put into words, or even one word?
Suggestions for reading
you read the poetry, try to hear the rise and fall of the poet's voice
as it swoops and turns through these songs of the soul. Let the emotion
be your guide to the sound and the meaning. And finally, take your time!
Poetry was not meant to be scanned quickly. Instead, enter a timeless
space for a heartbeat or two.
you are writing a poem, do the same. Try to hear the sound of your inner
voice at play within you. If you hear only a single line from that voice,
write it down! More may come. Allow yourself to write about a single
thought or feeling. See where it takes you. Your right brain thrives
on associations and nothing could be better for poetry!
and beautiful realm...
feel that you are eavesdropping on a conversation between the poet and
his or her Muse, but if the poet has gone into the matter deeply and
truly enough, something magical happens: a moment of shared recognition,
as we experience together Truth, Love, or Beauty, and for a moment transcend
our separate and solitary experience of life. May you have many such
moments in your life!
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