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 Lonely, So Lonely
A Hippo Is Bounding around on My Head
It's Halloween My Face is Green by Kenn Nesbitt
It’s Halloween, My Face Is Green
I'd Like to Sing in Singapore by Kenn Nesbitt
I’d Like to Sing in Singapore
Liverwurst Pie
Liverwurst Pie
You’re Not Supposed to Touch Your Face
Please Don't Read this Poem by Kenn Nesbitt
Please Don’t Read This Poem
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops by Kenn Nesbitt
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops
The Armpit of Doom by Kenn Nesbitt
The Armpit of Doom
Homework, I Love You
Octopus for Lunch
Home for the Day
A Centaur Goes Out Shopping
I Don’t Know What to Do Today
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
I Love to Read a Mystery by Kenn Nesbitt
I Love to Read a Mystery
Don't Ever Bite Your Sister by Kenn Nesbitt
Don’t Ever Bite Your Sister
Calling all Kids by Kenn Nesbitt
Calling all Kids!
I'm Super Excited by Kenn Nesbitt
I’m Super Excited
I Never Want to Go to Bed
At History I'm Hopeless
At History I’m Hopeless
Mirror, Mirror by Linda Knaus and Kenn Nesbitt
Mirror, Mirror
Somewhere Sometime by Kenn Nesbitt
Somewhere Sometime