Lyric poetry

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Lyric poetry is a formal type of poetry which expresses personal feelings, usually spoken in the first person.[1] The term derives from a form of Ancient Greek literature, the lyric, which was defined by its musical accompaniment, usually on a stringed instrument known as a lyre.[2]

Examples of lyric poets from the 20th century are the Frenchmen Paul Éluard and Paul Valéry and the Englishmen Robert Graves and Ted Hughes.

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  1. Scott, Clive, Vers libre: the emergence of free verse in France, 1886–1914 Clarendon Press, Oxford ISBN 9780198151593
  2. Miller, Andrew. Greek Lyric: An Anthology in Translation/books?id=80MpjrOfTH8C&pg=PR12 pp. xii ff]. Hackett Publishing (Indianapolis), 1996. ISBN 978-0872202917.

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