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lyriclyr‧ic1 /ˈlɪrɪk/ ●○○ noun  1 lyrics2 [countable] (also lyric poem) technicalAL a poem, usually a short one, written in a lyric style
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lyricFor any composer thinking of setting her lyrics, however, Sappho is still a challenge.Moreover, Morrissey's falsetto wail soars above and beyond the bad music criticism languishing in his lyrics.His lyrics take in many facets of relationships, including their positive and negative sides.Slashes break up paragraphs / like lines of lyrics / and choruses repeat and blur / like a gentle remix.Because she sang with such a sweet voice, and the lyric was such a heavy lyric, it made it darker.As is usual with Levellers, the lyrics are political.In fact, the sound is so wonderfully persuasive that it supersedes the logic of the lyrics.
Related topics: Music, Literature
lyriclyric2 adjective [only before noun]  APMALexpressing strong personal emotions such as love, in a way that is similar to music in its sounds and rhythm Wordsworth was one of the greatest lyric poets of his time.
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lyricFreni traditionally epitomized poignancy and lyric charm, tinged with a measure of sensuality.This runs freely at the end of the lyric composition as finally the speaker explicitly asserts his capacity to sing for love.More and more instruments took up the melody, drowning out the frail lyric line.Few critics join Ortega in refusing women even the conditions necessary to write lyric poetry on sentimental themes.lyric poetryHis idiosyncratic usage is at once fascinating for analysis and a warning against making unwary generalisations about lyric poetry.There are no special deictic terms or elements to be found in lyric poetry.a lyric soprano
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