the Lyricalworks site, we're going to concentrate on lyric poetry.
Lyric poetry goes back at least as far as Classical Greece, where
it was often composed to be recited to the sounds of the lyre, flute,
or other instrument. These song-like origins are central to an understanding
of this type of poetry.
refers to certain intangible qualities in an art formemotional,
melodic, harmonious, rhythmic, heartfelt. You will see the term lyric
or lyrical applied to music compositions, paintings, architecture,
and other works of art in addition to poetry and prose.
As you read the poetry, try to hear the rise and fall of the poet's voice as it swoops and turns through these songs of the soul. Let the emotion be your guide to the sound and the meaning. And finally, take your time! Poetry was not meant to be scanned quickly. Instead, enter a timeless space for a heartbeat or two.
Suggestions for writing
If you are writing a poem, do the same. Try to hear the sound of your inner voice at play within you. If you hear only a single line from that voice, write it down! More may come. Allow yourself to write about a single thought or feeling. See where it takes you. Your right brain thrives on associations and nothing could be better for poetry!
You may feel that you are eavesdropping on a conversation between the poet and his or her Muse, but if the poet has gone into the matter deeply and truly enough, something magical happens: a moment of shared recognition, as we experience together Truth, Love, or Beauty, and for a moment transcend our separate and solitary experience of life. May you have many such moments in your life!