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.

Home for the Day
I Don’t Know What to Do Today
Crazy Over Vegetables by Kenn Nesbitt and Eric Herman
Crazy Over Vegetables
Calling all Kids by Kenn Nesbitt
Calling all Kids!
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops by Kenn Nesbitt
A Sad and Lonely Cyclops
Don't Ever Bite Your Sister by Kenn Nesbitt
Don’t Ever Bite Your Sister
The School Year Is Over by Kenn Nesbitt
The School Year Is Over
I'm Glad that I'm Me by Kenn Nesbitt
I’m Glad to Be Me
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
Ode on a Unicycle
I'b God a Code by Kenn Nesbitt
I’b God a Code
I Love to Read a Mystery by Kenn Nesbitt
I Love to Read a Mystery
Moving to China
Elementary by Kenn Nesbitt
Dear Summer
Calculator, Calculator by Kenn Nesbitt
Calculator, Calculator
If I Were the Principal by Kenn Nesbitt
If I Were the Principal
Don’t Bring Camels in the Classroom
Gabby the Garbage Collector by Kenn Nesbitt
Gabby the Garbage Collector