Lyric poems express personal emotions and thoughts of a single speaker. They are short and have a songlike quality. Most lyric poems depend on meter and based on syllables and stress. Lyrics address the reader directly and does not tell a story with characters or actions. They usually consist of a sonnet or ode.
By William Wordsworth
The little hedgerow birds,
That peck along the road, regard him not.
He travels on, and in his face, his step,
His gait, is one expression; every limb,
His look and bending figure, all bespeak
A man who does not move with pain, but moves
With though. - He is insensibly subdued
To settled quiet: he is one by whom
All effort seems forgotten; one to whom
Long patience hath such mild composure given
That patience now doth seem a thing of which
He hath no need. He is by nature led
To peace so perfect, that the young behold
With envy what the Old Man hardly feels.