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 at Home by Kenn Nesbitt
I’m Staying at Home
I'll Never by Kenn Nesbitt
I’ll Never
Spinach Is One of My Favorite Foods
Spinach is One of My Favorite Foods
Porcupine Valentine
We're Skydiving Elephants by Kenn Nesbitt
We’re Skydiving Elephants
There’s a Witch Outside My Window
Can’t Sleep
I’ve Got a Secret
Today Is the Day by Kenn Nesbitt
Today Is the Day
Bed Head by Kenn Nesbitt
Bed Head
The Horsemen Are Headless this Evening by Kenn Nesbitt
The Horsemen Are Headless this Evening
I Only Like People Exactly Like Me by Kenn Nesbitt
I Only Like People Exactly Like Me
I Am a Clam
Dexter McDwyer by Kenn Nesbitt
Dexter McDwyer
Sailing Off to Singapore by Kenn Nesbitt
Sailing Off to Singapore