lyric

The word lyric claims its emotional place in music and poetry, with the words to a song being called the lyrics, while a lyric poem is one steeped in personal emotions, making it song-like.

As with many artistic terms, the word lyric derives from the Greek, specifically from lyrikós, meaning "singing to the lyre," and today’s meanings are also rooted in the idea of music. The lyric poem was first seen in the late 16th Century, while the reference to a song’s words as lyrics appeared in 1876. If every one of your poems starts with the word "I," you might be a lyric poet.

Primary Meanings of lyric

1.
adjn
of or relating to a category of poetry that expresses emotion (often in a songlike way)
a short poem of songlike quality
2.
adjnv
used of a singer or singing voice that is light in volume and modest in range
the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number
write lyrics for (a song)
Full Definitions of lyric
1

adj of or relating to a category of poetry that expresses emotion (often in a songlike way)

lyric poetry”

adj expressing deep emotion

Synonyms:
lyrical
emotional
of more than usual emotion

n a short poem of songlike quality

Synonyms:
lyric poem
Types:
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ode
a lyric poem with complex stanza forms
epithalamium
an ode honoring a bride and bridegroom
Horatian ode, Sapphic ode
an ode with several stanzas
Pindaric, Pindaric ode
an ode form used by Pindar; has triple groups of triple units
choral ode
ode sung by the chorus in classical Greek drama
Type of:
poem, verse form
a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
2

adj used of a singer or singing voice that is light in volume and modest in range

“a lyric soprano”
Antonyms:
dramatic
used of a singer or singing voice that is marked by power and expressiveness and a histrionic or theatrical style

adj relating to or being musical drama

“the lyric stage”

n the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number

“his compositions always started with the lyrics
Synonyms:
language, words
Types:
love lyric
the lyric of a love song
Type of:
text, textual matter
the words of something written

v write lyrics for (a song)

Types:
relyric
write new lyrics for (a song)
Type of:
compose, indite, pen, write
produce a literary work

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