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’m Staying Home From School Today
My Girlfriend
Xbox, Xbox
I’m Lonely, So Lonely
A Hippo Is Bounding around on My Head
Lost Inside a Labyrinth by Kenn Nesbitt
Lost Inside a Labyrinth
My Senses All are Backward
My Parents Both Are Humans by Kenn Nesbitt
My Parents Both Are Humans
I'd Like to Sing in Singapore by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Sing in Singapore
I'm a Pirate and a Pumpkin by Kenn Nesbitt
I’m a Pirate and a Pumpkin
I like It When It's Quiet by Kenn Nesbitt
I Like It When It’s Quiet
It's Halloween My Face is Green by Kenn Nesbitt
It’s Halloween, My Face Is Green
Liverwurst Pie
Liverwurst Pie
The Sport for Me by Kenn Nesbitt
The Sport for Me
Please Don't Read this Poem by Kenn Nesbitt
Please Don’t Read This Poem
You’re Not Supposed to Touch Your Face
Home for the Day
Merlo the Magnificent
The Armpit of Doom by Kenn Nesbitt
The Armpit of Doom
Octopus for Lunch
Homework, I Love You
A Centaur Goes Out Shopping
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops by Kenn Nesbitt
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops