poetic device: Lyric & Dramatic Poems

Lyric poems, not to be confused with song lyrics, are poems in which the poet expresses his or her emotions or feelings. This is as opposed to narrative poetry, which tells a story, or descriptive poetry. which gives a detailed description of something or someone.

Dramatic poems are lyric poems that are meant to be read aloud to express the feelings and emotions of the reader.

Can you figure out what emotions the narrator is expressing in each of these lyric poems? Try reading some of these poems out loud to see if you share their emotions.

I Can't Wait for Summer
I Can’t Wait for Summer
Zoom Gloom by Kenn Nesbitt
Zoom Gloom
Let Me out of the Classroom
I Can’t Get Enough of this Pokémon Go
Valentine’s Day Card
Sunday’s Somewhat Melancholy
How Not to Play With Your Food
My Girlfriend
I’m Staying Home From School Today
Xbox, Xbox
A Hippo Is Bounding around on My Head
I’m Lonely, So Lonely
Welcome Back to School
A Centaur Goes Out Shopping
Please Don't Read this Poem by Kenn Nesbitt
Please Don’t Read This Poem
You’re Not Supposed to Touch Your Face
The Armpit of Doom
Homework, I Love You
I Never Want to Go to Bed
At History I'm Hopeless
At History I’m Hopeless
I Don’t Know What to Do Today
Mirror, Mirror