Monday 14 March 2022

What is a lyric poem?


Today I had hoped to blog about new socks but my knitting has been slow and I reckon it will take me another week to finish the Pheasant socks.

Meanwhile back to Wordsworth. Daffodils when first published was not an instant success but has since become probably one of Wordsworth's most famous poems.It was inspired by an event on April 15th 1802 in which William was walking with his sister Dorothy in the forest and they came across a belt of daffodils. 

It was Wordsworth's aim to bring the common language into poetry" Poetry should be written in the real language of men"  while coming from "a spontaneous overflow of feeling" recollected "in tranquility." He is considered to be one of the fathers of the Romantic movement in English Literature. 

Daffodils is a lyric  poem. To simplify ...There are three types of poems,narrative, dramatic and lyric. Narrative tells a story, dramatic is a play written in verse and a lyric is a private expression of emotion by an individual speaker.

For an interesting and  detailed discussion of the lyric follow the link

And a lovely reading of the poem is found below

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