Adjective "lyric" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of poetry) expressing the writer's emotions, usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms.
  1. 'In doing so, he demonstrates quite coherently and cogently that genuine lyric poetry is far from dead, that it is inventive and individual as it ever was.'
  2. 'Setting poems by John Keats and William Wordsworth, Braithwaite developed a love of lyric poetry that inspired his own writing.'
  3. 'The Greek writers of lyric poetry are separated from the Latin poets he considers his own.'
  4. 'Despite the fact that it deals with an earlier period of verse, the book locates both male and female-authored lyric poetry as merely one half of the dialogue of early modern courtship.'
  5. 'Similarly, he considers the necessity of lyric poetry going into print after 1645 instead of remaining in manuscript form.'
  6. 'While lyric poetry in English has not been without its private contrivances or tropes of conquest, for the most part its ontology has been one of engagement.'
  7. 'Walker traces the history of ancient rhetoric to a common root with lyric poetry.'
  8. 'A case could be made for thinking (and the publishing history of the work would support it) that Shakespeare's best poetry, even his best lyric poetry, is to be found in his plays.'
  9. 'Granted, the poets had the advantage of including among their number Matt Miller, an aspiring writer of lyric verse who happened to have been a defensive starter at Yale five years ago.'
  10. 'Indeed, ‘Weeping Branch’ might well be a response to Adorno's famous question: how can one write lyric poetry after Auschwitz?'
  11. 'the lyric poets of Ancient Greece'
  12. 'Bogan suffered its loss profoundly, while attempting to understand it as the pattern of the lyric poet's life.'
  13. 'I had heard a good deal about Holderlin, that he was the great nineteenth - century lyric poet of Germany.'
  14. 'Famed in his day as patriot, satirist, and foe to tyranny, Marvell was virtually unknown as a lyric poet.'
  15. 'A lyric poet like Thomas had only one material, his own private life and feelings, which he explored with reckless honesty, and outside the poems obsessively guarded its details.'
  16. 'DAVID CAMPBELL was first and foremost a lyric poet.'
  17. 'For Chernaik, the figure is not Shelley himself, but a stylized portrait of the lyric poet that recurs in much of Shelley's poetry.'
  18. 'Film scholar Stanley Kauffmann describes Ozu as ‘a lyric poet whose lyrics swell quietly into the epic.’'
  19. 'No lyric poet has been her equal for the intensity and variety of subjective states dramatized.'
  20. 'I ask da Costa if he is a romantic, knowing from experience that all lyric poets are to some extent tethered by desire - using poetry to write their way through the challenges of the human condition.'
  21. 'Bloom's Kinsella is, above all, a poet in the lyric tradition.'
(of a singing voice) using a light register.
  1. 'My only problem is that the softly brushed texture of this lovely lyric soprano was never meant to do heavy verismo duty at any time during a long career.'
  2. 'Chelsea Opera Group were performing the opera in English and though Richardson displayed a beautiful lyric voice, she rather swallowed her words.'
  3. 'Again, it is a surprise to us that she attempted it at all, even though the producer of the broadcast was looking to prove a theory about Isolde being a role for a lyric soprano.'
  4. 'In the concluding ‘Wunderhorn’ song, Ying Huang sang with musicality and charm in a soaring lyric soprano voice.'
  5. 'As a refusal to abstract, the lyric voice is crucial to democracy and crucial to life.'
  6. 'SI, on the other hand, seeks a collective production rather than the individual lyric voice.'
  7. 'The role of Offred herself is double cast, with a mezzo-soprano singing the Offred of the Republic and a lyric soprano singing the role of Offred in the time before.'
  8. 'However, the principals' lyric voices are not, on the face of it, weighty enough for the roles of Leonora and Manrico.'
  9. 'Regina has sung major lyric soprano roles throughout Europe including Madrid, Brussels, Hamburg & Geneva.'
  10. 'She gained a reputation as being incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about anything opera and her luscious lyric soprano voice blossomed.'


A lyric poem or verse.
  1. 'And right on the next page you have ‘The Butterfly’, an exquisite lyric that reminds you of Cummings at his inspired best.'
  2. 'In this way Corey arrives at a critical use of the lyric by occupying the split between aesthetic pleasure and the trauma that is necessarily excluded.'
  3. 'The composition of personal lyric was a secondary consideration for the bard, an affectation for pleasure and reflection.'
  4. 'The lyric wants muscle but it also wants size; no poem, however small, wants to be small.'
  5. 'In the lyric that follows, the speaker imagines himself as a being contented to be a guest and a stranger, committed to coexistence with other guests and strangers.'
  6. 'At the same time, it discusses the nature of the lyric.'
  7. 'Interpreting a poem as a symptom or instance of features of the lyric, for example, might be unsatisfactory hermeneutics but a useful contribution to poetics.'
  8. 'Or to put it another way, I want to borrow from the concrete world and project it into the realm of the abstract, where the lyric exists.'
  9. 'But a song may look like nothing at all, or it may look disappointing, and still be a great lyric.'
  10. 'His verse is both metrically and formally experimental, ranging from satire to love lyric, from sonnet to verse epistle, from elegy to hymn.'
  11. 'stylistic categories fundamental to literary aesthetics—epic, lyric, drama, comedy, tragedy'
  12. 'Nor is it obvious that unrequitedness resonates in Petrarchan lyric in quite the way it does in the literature of American conquest.'
  13. 'At which point the traditional antinomies of lyric and epic may be invoked only as skirmishers in the move from the discrete poem to the interconnected book.'
  14. 'They are also already more interesting than they usually are, for construing lyric as a sort of thought about matter advances poetics in many ways.'
  15. 'Levis saw among his generation of poets a ‘new homelessness,’ which meant a lack of identity he saw best attended by a poetry more narrative than lyric.'
  16. 'By structuring the course around questions of genre migration, world literature allows students to think about the novel, epic, and lyric in a diachronic, global framework.'
  17. 'Galician lyric and courtly poetry flourished until the middle of the fourteenth century.'
  18. 'For those who don't know it it's a fabulous song based on a naive melody and a haiku (a western or American haiku) like lyric.'
  19. 'Some people think the hexameter line comes from the lyric, from rhythmic phrases put together, usually three phrases in a line.'
  20. 'I propose that we teach lyric, that we compare poetry.'
The words of a popular song.
  1. 'Meg just threw me a list of songs with questionable lyrics that she found on the web.'
  2. 'The finest of art is comparable to lyrics that haunt the inner mind, lingering on the ear.'
  3. 'Anyone who finds the golden fish will have their music or lyrics recorded by the star.'
  4. 'She believes that the lyrics of modern rock songs and rap music make sense.'
  5. 'Composers set countless lyrics to music, and opera depended upon the poetry of the libretto.'
  6. 'Susanna is printing off the lyrics to Spanish songs and giving them to me.'
  7. 'It took such a long time to finish the lyrics; we had the first verses and the chorus, and then it just stopped.'
  8. 'The colours are bright, the music uptempo and the lyrics consistently engaging here.'
  9. 'What's your favorite quote, verse, lyric or poem?'
  10. 'The mathematical rhythms and yearning lyrics of Tagore's songs are hard to resist.'


1. (of poetry) having the form and musical quality of a song, and especially the character of a songlike outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry.

2. pertaining to or writing lyric poetry: a lyric poet.

3. characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling: a lyric song; lyric writing.

4. pertaining to, rendered by, or employing singing.

5. (of a voice) relatively light of volume and modest in r

More examples(as adjective)

"poetries can be lyric."

"fantasies can be lyric."

"theatres can be lyric."

"poems can be lyric."

"tenors can be lyric."

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Late 16th century: from French lyrique or Latin lyricus, from Greek lurikos, from lura ‘lyre’.