Lyric (47 words)

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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


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Originally in ancient Greece a lyric was a poem to be sung accompanied by a lyre. There is an interesting example of such a recitation at the beginning of The Odyssey. Now a lyric signifies either a poem expressing personal emotion, or the words of a song.

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Editors. "Lyric". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
[, accessed 28 May 2018.]

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