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What is an example of a lyric poem?

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An example of a lyric poem is "I'll tell you how the Sun rose" by Emily Dickinson. A lyric is a short poem that expresses the feelings and thoughts of a single speaker. It utilizes vibrant images as well as descriptive words to create a specific mood.

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A lyric can have rhymed or unrhymed verses; however, it is basically written in a melodic fashion. In classical Greece, a lyric was sung with a lyre. Lyric poetry is meant to express a personal emotion in an imaginative fashion rather than tell a story. The initial lines from Dickinson's poem are: "I'll tell you how the Sun rose - A Ribbon at a time - The steeples swam in Amethyst, The news, like Squirrels, ran."

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