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.

A Sketch

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.