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"Lyric" derives from the Greek word for a song sung by the lyre, "lyrikos".[1] A lyric poem is one that expresses a subjective, personal point of view. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... // Lyric poetry refers to either poetry that has the form and musical quality of a song, or a usually short poem that expresses personal feelings, which may or may not be set to music. ...

I would be the Lyric
Ever on the lip,
Rather than the Epic
Memory lets die.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich

The word lyric came to be used for the "words of a song"; this meaning was recorded in 1876 [2]. The common plural (perhaps because of the association between the plurals lyrics and words), predominates contemporary usage. Use of the singular form lyric remans grammatically acceptable, yet remains considered erroneous in referring to a singular song word as a lyric. The sung words of a song are called "lyrics". The epic is a broadly defined genre of narrative poetry, characterized by great length, multiple settings, large numbers of characters, or long span of time involved. ... Thomas Bailey Aldrich Thomas Bailey Aldrich (born 11th November 1836, died 19th March 1907) was a poet and novelist born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA. When he was but a child his father moved to New Orleans, but after ten years the boy was sent back to Portsmouth--the Rivermouth... Year 1876 Pick up Sticks(MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


References

  1. ^ http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lyric
  2. ^ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lyric

See also

  • Libretto, the name used for the text of traditional music forms like opera.
  • Online lyrics databases

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Lyrics at Lyric Mania (44 words)
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Lyric - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (179 words)
Lyrics, the composition in verse which is sung to a melody to constitute a song
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