What Is an Example of a Lyric Poem?

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.

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."