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Lyric Poetry Definition and Examples: 
Lyric is non-narrative, short poem that reveals the speaker’s personal 
feeling, emotion, mode, state of mind, expression, thought, attitude, 
perception etc. in a first person narrative. Lyric poetry does not tell 
any story, rather it is very personal and solely focused on the 
speaker’s personal feeling and ideas. The speaker in a lyric poem 
always uses first person. For example: I, My love, etc. So, in lyric 
poetry, the speaker directly addresses the readers, invoking his own 
personal feeling and expressions. 
The word ‘Lyric’ comes from the Greek word ‘Lyre’, a stringed musical 
instrument. Initially, Lyric poems were meant to be sung, and poets 
were used to singing lyric with the lyre. Originally, Lyric poets tended 
to be musical. In fact, musicality is one of the characteristics of lyric. 
However, over the time, the meaning of lyric has been changed and it 
no longer means music. Rather, lyric poetry is now largely meant for 
reading. 
Explanation of the speaker’s intense emotion, thought and feeling is 
the main purpose of lyric poetry. That is why, some critics say that 
‘you do not hear lyric poem; rather, you overhear lyric poem’. Among 
the different kinds of lyric poetry, 14-line Sonnet is most popular. 
Some other forms of lyric poetry are Ode, Elegy etc. For the last 500 
years, lyric has been the most popular form of poetry in the world. 
• Lyric Poetry: highly musical verse that expresses the speaker's 
feelings and observations. In ancient times poems were sung 
with accompaniment from a lyre. Modern lyric poems, although 
usually not sung, still posses musical qualities--rhythm, rhyme, 
alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Examples of lyric poems include 
"The Eagle" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The Bells" by Edgar Allan 
Poe, and "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth. 
Homework Assignment: 
On the next four pages are song music lyrics that are 
examples of lyric poems. Find an example of a song whose 
lyrics fit this definitionof a lyric poem. Be sure to print out 
the lyrics and explain how it fits the definition of a lyric 
poem. This is due on Thursday, January 17, 2013.
"Be Still My Beating Heart" 
Sting 
Be still my beating heart 
It would be better to be cool 
It's not time to be open just yet 
A lesson once learned is so hard to forget 
Be still my beating heart 
Or I'll be taken for a fool 
It's not healthy to run at this pace 
The blood runs so red to my face 
I've been to every single book I know 
To soothe the thoughts that plague me so 
I sink like a stone that's been thrown in the ocean 
My logic has drowned in a sea of emotion 
Stop before you start 
Be still my beating heart 
Restore my broken dreams 
Shattered like a falling glass 
I'm not ready to be broken just yet 
A lesson once learned is so hard to forget 
Be still my beating heart 
You must learn to stand your ground 
It's not healthy to run at this pace 
The blood runs so red to my face 
I've been to every single book I know 
To soothe the thoughts that plague me so 
Stop before you start 
Be still my beating heart 
Never to be wrong 
Never to make promises that break 
It's like singing in the wind 
Or writing on the surface of a lake 
And I wriggle like a fish caught on dry land 
And I struggle to avoid any help at hand 
I sink like a stone that's been thrown in the ocean 
My logic has drowned in a sea of emotion 
Stop before you start 
Be still my beating heart
“I Am A Rock” 
Simon and Garfunkel 
A winter's day 
In a deep and dark December; 
I am alone, 
Gazing from my window to the streets below 
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow. 
I am a rock, 
I am an island. 
I've built walls, 
A fortress deep and mighty, 
That none may penetrate. 
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain. 
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain. 
I am a rock, 
I am an island. 
Don't talk of love, 
Well, I've heard the word before. 
It's sleeping in my memory. 
I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died. 
If I never loved I never would have cried. 
I am a rock, 
I am an island. 
I have my books 
And my poetry to protect me; 
I am shielded in my armor, 
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb. 
I touch no one and no one touches me. 
I am a rock, 
I am an island. 
And a rock feels no pain; 
And an island never cries.
Train “If it’s Love” Save Me, San 
Francisco, 2009 
While everybody else is getting out of bed 
I'm usually getting in it 
I'm not in it to win it 
And there's a thousand ways you can skin it 
My feet have been on the floor 
Flat like an idol singer 
Remember Winger? I digress 
I confess you are the best thing in my life 
But I'm afraid when I hear stories about 
husband and wife 
There's no happy endings, no Henry Lee 
But you are the greatest thing about me 
If it's love 
And we decide that it's forever 
No one else could do it better 
If it's love 
And we're two birds of a feather 
Then the rest is just whatever 
And if I'm addicted to loving you 
And you're addicted to my love too 
We can be them two birds of a feather 
That flock together 
Love, love 
Got to have something to keep us together 
Love, love 
That's enough for me 
Took a loan on the house I own 
Can't be a queen bee without a bee throne 
I wanna buy you everything except cologne 
Cause its poison 
We can travel to Spain, where the rain falls 
mainly on the plain, sounds insane cause it 
is 
We can laugh, we can sing 
Have ten kids and give 'em everything 
Hold our cell phones up in the air 
And just be glad that we made it here alive 
On a spinning ball in the middle of space 
I love you from your toes to your face 
If it's love 
And we decide that it's forever 
No one else could do it better 
If it's love 
And we're two birds of a feather 
Then the rest is just whatever 
And if I'm addicted to loving you 
And you're addicted to my love too 
We can be them two birds of a feather 
That flock together 
Love, love 
Got to have something to keep us together 
Love, love 
That's enough for me 
You can move in 
I won't ask where you been 
Cause everybody has a past 
When we're older 
We'll do it all over again 
While everybody else is getting out of bed 
I'm usually getting in it 
I'm not in it to win it 
I'm in it for you 
If it's love 
And we're two birds of a feather 
Then the rest is just whatever (x2) 
If it's love 
And we decide that it's forever 
No one else could do it better 
And if I'm addicted to loving you 
And you're addicted to my love too 
We can be them two birds of a feather 
That flock together 
Love, love 
Got to have something to keep us together 
love, love 
Got to have something to keep us together 
Love, love 
That's enough for me
K’naan “Wavin' Flag” 
Songwriters: Lawrence, Phillip; Mars, 
Bruno; Warsame, Keinan 
When I get older I will be stronger 
They'll call me freedom, just like a wavin' 
flag 
When I get older, I will be stronger 
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag 
And then it goes back, and then it goes back 
And then it goes back, oh 
Born to a throne, stronger than Rome 
A violent prone, poor people zone 
But it's my home, all I have known 
Where I got grown, streets we would roam 
Out of the darkness, I came the farthest 
Among the hardest survival 
Learn from these streets, it can be bleak 
Accept no defeat, surrender, retreat 
So we struggling, fighting to eat 
And we wondering when we'll be free 
So we patiently wait for that fateful day 
It's not far away, but for now we say 
When I get older I will be stronger 
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag 
And then it goes back, and then it goes back 
And then it goes back, oh 
So many wars, settling scores 
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor 
I heard them say 'love is the way' 
'Love is the answer,' that's what they say 
But look how they treat us, make us 
believers 
We fight their battles, then they deceive us 
Try to control us, they couldn't hold us 
'Cause we just move forward like Buffalo 
Soldiers 
But we struggling, fighting to eat 
And we wondering, when we'll be free 
So we patiently wait for that faithful day 
It's not far away but for now we say 
When I get older I will be stronger 
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag 
And then it goes back, and then it goes back 
And then it goes back, and then is goes 
When I get older I will be stronger 
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag 
And then it goes back, and then it goes back 
And then it goes back, and then it goes 
And then it goes 
And everybody will be singing it 
And you and I will be singing it 
And we all will be singing it 
When I get older I will be stronger 
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag 
And then it goes back, and then it goes back 
And then it goes back, and then it goes 
When I get older I will be stronger 
They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag 
And then it goes back, and then it goes back 
And then it goes back, oh 
When I get older, when I get older 
I will be stronger just like a wavin' flag 
Just like a wavin' flag, just like a wavin' flag 
Flag, flag, just like a wavin' flag

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English2.10(lyric poetry definition__song)

  • 1. Lyric Poetry Definition and Examples: Lyric is non-narrative, short poem that reveals the speaker’s personal feeling, emotion, mode, state of mind, expression, thought, attitude, perception etc. in a first person narrative. Lyric poetry does not tell any story, rather it is very personal and solely focused on the speaker’s personal feeling and ideas. The speaker in a lyric poem always uses first person. For example: I, My love, etc. So, in lyric poetry, the speaker directly addresses the readers, invoking his own personal feeling and expressions. The word ‘Lyric’ comes from the Greek word ‘Lyre’, a stringed musical instrument. Initially, Lyric poems were meant to be sung, and poets were used to singing lyric with the lyre. Originally, Lyric poets tended to be musical. In fact, musicality is one of the characteristics of lyric. However, over the time, the meaning of lyric has been changed and it no longer means music. Rather, lyric poetry is now largely meant for reading. Explanation of the speaker’s intense emotion, thought and feeling is the main purpose of lyric poetry. That is why, some critics say that ‘you do not hear lyric poem; rather, you overhear lyric poem’. Among the different kinds of lyric poetry, 14-line Sonnet is most popular. Some other forms of lyric poetry are Ode, Elegy etc. For the last 500 years, lyric has been the most popular form of poetry in the world. • Lyric Poetry: highly musical verse that expresses the speaker's feelings and observations. In ancient times poems were sung with accompaniment from a lyre. Modern lyric poems, although usually not sung, still posses musical qualities--rhythm, rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. Examples of lyric poems include "The Eagle" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The Bells" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" by William Wordsworth. Homework Assignment: On the next four pages are song music lyrics that are examples of lyric poems. Find an example of a song whose lyrics fit this definitionof a lyric poem. Be sure to print out the lyrics and explain how it fits the definition of a lyric poem. This is due on Thursday, January 17, 2013.
  • 2. "Be Still My Beating Heart" Sting Be still my beating heart It would be better to be cool It's not time to be open just yet A lesson once learned is so hard to forget Be still my beating heart Or I'll be taken for a fool It's not healthy to run at this pace The blood runs so red to my face I've been to every single book I know To soothe the thoughts that plague me so I sink like a stone that's been thrown in the ocean My logic has drowned in a sea of emotion Stop before you start Be still my beating heart Restore my broken dreams Shattered like a falling glass I'm not ready to be broken just yet A lesson once learned is so hard to forget Be still my beating heart You must learn to stand your ground It's not healthy to run at this pace The blood runs so red to my face I've been to every single book I know To soothe the thoughts that plague me so Stop before you start Be still my beating heart Never to be wrong Never to make promises that break It's like singing in the wind Or writing on the surface of a lake And I wriggle like a fish caught on dry land And I struggle to avoid any help at hand I sink like a stone that's been thrown in the ocean My logic has drowned in a sea of emotion Stop before you start Be still my beating heart
  • 3. “I Am A Rock” Simon and Garfunkel A winter's day In a deep and dark December; I am alone, Gazing from my window to the streets below On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow. I am a rock, I am an island. I've built walls, A fortress deep and mighty, That none may penetrate. I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain. It's laughter and it's loving I disdain. I am a rock, I am an island. Don't talk of love, Well, I've heard the word before. It's sleeping in my memory. I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died. If I never loved I never would have cried. I am a rock, I am an island. I have my books And my poetry to protect me; I am shielded in my armor, Hiding in my room, safe within my womb. I touch no one and no one touches me. I am a rock, I am an island. And a rock feels no pain; And an island never cries.
  • 4. Train “If it’s Love” Save Me, San Francisco, 2009 While everybody else is getting out of bed I'm usually getting in it I'm not in it to win it And there's a thousand ways you can skin it My feet have been on the floor Flat like an idol singer Remember Winger? I digress I confess you are the best thing in my life But I'm afraid when I hear stories about husband and wife There's no happy endings, no Henry Lee But you are the greatest thing about me If it's love And we decide that it's forever No one else could do it better If it's love And we're two birds of a feather Then the rest is just whatever And if I'm addicted to loving you And you're addicted to my love too We can be them two birds of a feather That flock together Love, love Got to have something to keep us together Love, love That's enough for me Took a loan on the house I own Can't be a queen bee without a bee throne I wanna buy you everything except cologne Cause its poison We can travel to Spain, where the rain falls mainly on the plain, sounds insane cause it is We can laugh, we can sing Have ten kids and give 'em everything Hold our cell phones up in the air And just be glad that we made it here alive On a spinning ball in the middle of space I love you from your toes to your face If it's love And we decide that it's forever No one else could do it better If it's love And we're two birds of a feather Then the rest is just whatever And if I'm addicted to loving you And you're addicted to my love too We can be them two birds of a feather That flock together Love, love Got to have something to keep us together Love, love That's enough for me You can move in I won't ask where you been Cause everybody has a past When we're older We'll do it all over again While everybody else is getting out of bed I'm usually getting in it I'm not in it to win it I'm in it for you If it's love And we're two birds of a feather Then the rest is just whatever (x2) If it's love And we decide that it's forever No one else could do it better And if I'm addicted to loving you And you're addicted to my love too We can be them two birds of a feather That flock together Love, love Got to have something to keep us together love, love Got to have something to keep us together Love, love That's enough for me
  • 5. K’naan “Wavin' Flag” Songwriters: Lawrence, Phillip; Mars, Bruno; Warsame, Keinan When I get older I will be stronger They'll call me freedom, just like a wavin' flag When I get older, I will be stronger They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag And then it goes back, and then it goes back And then it goes back, oh Born to a throne, stronger than Rome A violent prone, poor people zone But it's my home, all I have known Where I got grown, streets we would roam Out of the darkness, I came the farthest Among the hardest survival Learn from these streets, it can be bleak Accept no defeat, surrender, retreat So we struggling, fighting to eat And we wondering when we'll be free So we patiently wait for that fateful day It's not far away, but for now we say When I get older I will be stronger They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag And then it goes back, and then it goes back And then it goes back, oh So many wars, settling scores Bringing us promises, leaving us poor I heard them say 'love is the way' 'Love is the answer,' that's what they say But look how they treat us, make us believers We fight their battles, then they deceive us Try to control us, they couldn't hold us 'Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldiers But we struggling, fighting to eat And we wondering, when we'll be free So we patiently wait for that faithful day It's not far away but for now we say When I get older I will be stronger They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag And then it goes back, and then it goes back And then it goes back, and then is goes When I get older I will be stronger They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag And then it goes back, and then it goes back And then it goes back, and then it goes And then it goes And everybody will be singing it And you and I will be singing it And we all will be singing it When I get older I will be stronger They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag And then it goes back, and then it goes back And then it goes back, and then it goes When I get older I will be stronger They'll call me freedom just like a wavin' flag And then it goes back, and then it goes back And then it goes back, oh When I get older, when I get older I will be stronger just like a wavin' flag Just like a wavin' flag, just like a wavin' flag Flag, flag, just like a wavin' flag