(of poetry) having the form and musical quality of a song, and especially the character of a songlike outpouring of the poet's own thoughts and feelings, as distinguished from epic and dramatic poetry.
pertaining to or writing lyric poetry:
a lyric poet.
characterized by or expressing spontaneous, direct feeling:
a lyric song; lyric writing.
pertaining to, rendered by, or employing singing.
(of a voice) relatively light of volume and modest in range:
a lyric soprano.
pertaining, adapted, or sung to the lyre, or composing poems to be sung to the lyre:
"a lyric poem," 1580s, from M.Fr. lyrique "short poem expressing personal emotion," from L. lyricus "of or for the lyre," from Gk. lyrikos "singing to the lyre," from lyra "lyre." Meaning "words of a popular song" is first recorded 1876.
A kind of poetry, generally short, characterized by a musical use of language. Lyric poetry often involves the expression of intense personal emotion. The elegy, the ode, and the sonnet are forms of the lyric poem.