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.

Bow Wow Wow, Meow, Meow
It’s Winter Vacation
My World Is Turning Downside-Up by Kenn Nesbitt
My World Is Turning Downside-Up
I’m Staying Home From School Today
Welcome Back to School
Xbox, Xbox
I’m Lonely, So Lonely
Sunday’s Somewhat Melancholy
Lost Inside a Labyrinth by Kenn Nesbitt
Lost Inside a Labyrinth
My Senses All are Backward
I'm a Pirate and a Pumpkin by Kenn Nesbitt
I’m a Pirate and a Pumpkin
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
I like It When It's Quiet by Kenn Nesbitt
I Like It When It’s Quiet
Liverwurst Pie
Liverwurst Pie
I Don't Know What to Do Today by Kenn Nesbitt
I Don’t Know What to Do Today
You’re Not Supposed to Touch Your Face
Please Don't Read this Poem by Kenn Nesbitt
Please Don’t Read This Poem
The Sport for Me by Kenn Nesbitt
The Sport for Me
Merlo the Magnificent
The Armpit of Doom by Kenn Nesbitt
The Armpit of Doom
A Centaur Goes Out Shopping
Help! by Kenn Nesbitt
Home for the Day