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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a lyric/narrative/epic etc poem (=a poem in a particular style)
▪ the epic Greek poem, The Odyssey
▪ The relation between these elements and terms, and the lyric poem, is then discussed.
▪ It is the interrelationship of these points that enables the analysis of deixis in the genre of the lyric poem to proceed.
▪ In the discourse of the lyric poem it is unlikely that we can ascribe indexical meaning to symbolic elements of deictic terms.
▪ He had a good ear for language, and was a talented scholar, translator, and lyric poet.
▪ His idiosyncratic usage is at once fascinating for analysis and a warning against making unwary generalisations about lyric poetry.
▪ Few critics join Ortega in refusing women even the conditions necessary to write lyric poetry on sentimental themes.
▪ Bakhtin is unusual among literary critics in making the focus of his activity the novel rather than lyric poetry or drama.
▪ There are no special deictic terms or elements to be found in lyric poetry.
▪ Folk-song is the direct ancestor of lyric poetry, and the simplest artistic form that unites the Apolline and the Dionysiac.
▪ In sum, lyric poetry is dependent on the spirit of music, while music itself is independent of language.
▪ Thus we can see that the discourse of lyric poetry is by no means unusual in its mobilisation of deixis.
▪ Within literary discourses, it seems that lyric poetry is the genre least likely to assist us.
lyric poetry
▪ a lyric soprano
▪ Few critics join Ortega in refusing women even the conditions necessary to write lyric poetry on sentimental themes.
▪ Freni traditionally epitomized poignancy and lyric charm, tinged with a measure of sensuality.
▪ His idiosyncratic usage is at once fascinating for analysis and a warning against making unwary generalisations about lyric poetry.
▪ More and more instruments took up the melody, drowning out the frail lyric line.
▪ There are no special deictic terms or elements to be found in lyric poetry.
▪ This runs freely at the end of the lyric composition as finally the speaker explicitly asserts his capacity to sing for love.
▪ He wrote song lyrics used in sketches by light entertainers such as Jack Hulbert.
▪ The singer of popular song lyrics is a storyteller, and must communicate that story line in a personal, intimate way.
▪ All this talk about who fancied who was too silly, like Beatles' song lyrics, the stuff of day-dreams.
▪ Many were written to lyrics by Montaine.
▪ Roma, his wife, writes the lyrics.
▪ He wrote song lyrics used in sketches by light entertainers such as Jack Hulbert.
▪ Neuter nouns ending in o take a. He wrote the lyrics of a popular song.
▪ The fact that Enya does not write her own lyrics is sometimes astonishing.
▪ Q.. Who writes your music and lyrics?
▪ The children from Enstone village school helped the police launch the new campaign, even writing new lyrics for a favourite tune.
▪ As is usual with Levellers, the lyrics are political.
▪ Because she sang with such a sweet voice, and the lyric was such a heavy lyric, it made it darker.
▪ For any composer thinking of setting her lyrics, however, Sappho is still a challenge.
▪ His lyrics take in many facets of relationships, including their positive and negative sides.
▪ In fact, the sound is so wonderfully persuasive that it supersedes the logic of the lyrics.
▪ Moreover, Morrissey's falsetto wail soars above and beyond the bad music criticism languishing in his lyrics.
▪ Slashes break up paragraphs / like lines of lyrics / and choruses repeat and blur / like a gentle remix.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Lyric \Lyr"ic\, n.

  1. A lyric poem; a lyrical composition.

  2. A composer of lyric poems. [R.]

  3. A verse of the kind usually employed in lyric poetry; -- used chiefly in the plural.

  4. pl. The words of a song.


Lyric \Lyr"ic\, Lyrical \Lyr"ic*al\, a. [L. lyricus, Gr. ?: cf. F. lyrique. See Lyre.]

  1. Of or pertaining to a lyre or harp.

  2. Fitted to be sung to the lyre; hence, also, appropriate for song; suitable for or suggestive of singing; -- of music or poetry.

  3. expressing deep personal emotion; -- said especially of poetry which expresses the individual emotions of the poet; as, the dancer's lyrical performance. ``Sweet lyric song.''

    Syn: lyric.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"a lyric poem," 1580s, from Middle French lyrique "short poem expressing personal emotion," from Latin lyricus "of or for the lyre," from Greek lyrikos "singing to the lyre," from lyra (see lyre). Meaning "words of a popular song" is first recorded 1876. Related: lyrics.


a. 1 (context poetry English) Of, or relating to a type of poetry (such as a sonnet or ode) that expresses subjective thoughts and feelings, often in a songlike style 2 Of, or relating to a writer of such poetry 3 lyrical 4 Having a light singing voice of modest range 5 Of, or relating to musical drama and opera 6 melodious 7 Of, or relating to the lyre (or sometimes the harp) n. 1 A lyric poem. 2 (context also in plural English) The words of a song or other vocal music. The singular form often refers to a part of the words, whereas the plural form can refer to all of the words.

  1. adj. expressing deep personal emotion; "the dancer's lyrical performance" [syn: lyrical]

  2. used of a singer or singing voice that is light in volume and modest in range; "a lyric soprano" [ant: dramatic]

  3. relating to or being musical drama; "the lyric stage"

  4. of or relating to a category of poetry that expresses emotion (often in a songlike way); "lyric poetry"

  1. n. the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number; "his compositions always started with the lyrics"; "he wrote both words and music"; "the song uses colloquial language" [syn: words, language]

  2. a short poem of songlike quality [syn: lyric poem]


v. write lyrics for (a song)


Lyric may refer to:

  • Lyric poetry is a form of poetry that expresses a subjective, personal point of view
  • Lyric, from the Greek language, a song sung with a lyre
  • Lyrics, the composition in verse which is sung to a melody to constitute a song
  • Lyric describes, in the classification of the human voice in European classical music, a specific vocal weight and a range at the upper end of the given voice part
  • Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago, one of the leading opera companies in the United States
  • Lyric Theatre, London, a West End theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster
  • RTÉ lyric fm, a Raidió Teilifís Éireann radio station
  • Lyric (group), the first female trio to sign to Clive Davis' label J Records.
  • "Lyric" (song), a single released in June 2003 by the "indie supergroup" Zwan
  • Lyric Hearing, an extended wear hearing aid
  • The Lyric, a North American poetry magazine
  • The Lyric, a 2005 jazz album by Jim Tomlinson and Stacey Kent
Lyric (song)

"Lyric" is a song by Zwan. It was the second single from their album Mary Star of the Sea, and it was only released in the United Kingdom.

Lyric (group)

Lyric was an American R&B girl group, which comprised Brooklyn native, Farrah "Fendi" Fleurimond, Los Angeles native Jackie (a.k.a. Baby J), and Detroit native Thema "Tayma Loren" McKinney. They would later be recognized as the first female trio to be signed by Clive Davis to his J Records imprint.

Usage examples of "lyric".

Rock music then, unlike now, was the vehicle for social protest: lyrics were analysed in meticulous detail and the release of each new album was a major event.

Charles Manson and all the other fanatics who had decoded the album sleeves or lyrics to find secret messages addressed only to them.

John Bell Williams, who has his own radio program in Birmingham, Alabama, wrote the lyrics to all the Bungee Condom spots used on my radio program and reprinted here.

Lang gave him a present in the form of a thick volume of words and lyrics for evergreens and other sing-alongs, and Chi showed remarkable talent in imitating the texts once Lang had pronounced them to him a few times.

The accompaniment the duar provided was nothing less than awful, but what mattered was not the ragged series of notes but rather the lyrics Mudge invented.

Harry had gotten her into the chorus line at the Folies, but she was too argumentative for management, so when the war scare chased his American musicians from the Happy Paris to Hawaii, he replaced them by making her the enigmatic and, apart from lyrics, silent Record Girl.

At the moment when a ball struck on the scaffold of the Fontaine des Innocents Jean Goujon who had found the Pagan chisel of Phidias, Ronsard discovered the lyre of Pindar and founded, aided by his pleiad, the great French lyric school.

It rested first on the basis of the frottola, but when the elegant and gracious madrigal provided an art form better suited to the opulence of the decorative features of the embryonic lyric drama, the madrigal became the dominating element in the music.

Yet even in this lyric species we discern something of the large influence of the humorous madrigal play, for in time the comic opera and the ballet spectacle both found homes after public opera houses had been thrown open to an eager public.

Jonson, whose splendid scorn took to itself lyric wings in the two great Odes to Himself, sang high and aloof for a while, then the frenzy caught him, and he flung away his lyre to gird himself for deeds of mischief among nameless and noteless antagonists.

He was a singer of lyrics and pastorals, a lover of the material beauty about him, and it is because he passed by the pietistic, the classic, the literary, and showed the beauty of physical life as an art motive that he is called the Faun of the Renaissance.

Friends of the Country was planning an extravaganza at the national theater, with music by Reyes and lyrics by Prudhomme and speeches by everybody.

Full of wonder, the reem listened to the wind, the lyric babbling of the water, and the plangent cries of tiny, cloistered birds.

We feel, as we read these late, and even later words, that the lyric imagination was renewing itself in the incipient dissolution of other powers.

He is, however, generally acknowledged to be a great lyric poet, while many of his best Kasidas refer to the exploits of Saif ad Dawlah, a prince of the Benou Hamdan dynasty in Syria.