The Lyric Moment


Most poems written in the past 50 years are “lyric poetry,” but what does that label really mean? Originally it meant that the poem was to be sung to the accompaniment of a lyre—yet has anyone even seen a lyre played lately? In this hands-on class, we’ll consider the history of the lyric poem and its alternatives, and then we’ll identify the major elements of the lyric—namely: emotional compression, vividness, and a focus on a present, often mundane, moment. All the while, we’ll be working to write and revise our poems, to make them more “lyrical” and more lasting.

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