Lyric Poem


Lyric Poems

Lyric poems expresses the personal emotions of the poet and are traditionally spoken in present tense. Modern forms of lyric poems have rhymes and are sometimes set to music or a beat. Ancient Greece wrote lyric poems accompanied by a lyre, barbiton, or cithara. In Rome, lyric poetry was also used and written by poets such as Quintus Horatius Flaccus and Gaius Valerius Catullus.

Winter: Nikki Giovanni

Frogs burrow the mud
snails bury themselves
and I air my quilts
preparing for the cold

Dogs grow more hair
mothers make oatmeal
and little boys and girl
stake Father John's Medicine

Bears store fat
chipmunks gather nuts
and I collect books
For the coming winter.