What Are Examples of Lyric Poetry?

Examples of lyric poetry include: “To Anthea, Who May Command Him Anything” by Robert Herrick, “I Hid My Love” by John Clare, “Song for the Last Act” by Louise Bogan and “Vita Nova” by Louise Glück. The term "lyric" is derived from "lyre," a Greek instrument.

Lyric poetry is used to express a person's thoughts or emotions. It is therefore normally written in the first person. The lyre was used as a musical accompaniment while lyric poetry was being read. It follows then, that lyrical poetry has its roots in music. Most modern pop songs could be considered lyric poetry.