Dear Scott. We are a thrid grade class in Brownwood, TX. We are studying poems. We think your poems are good examples of lyrical poems. Do you agree? Thanks for letting us read your poems. Mrs. Kerzee
Dear Mrs. Kerzee,
First of all, thanks to you and your students again for visiting “The Night Machine.” I consider it a great honor when a teacher or a class enjoys my poems. Now to your question, which is a very good one. I do try hard to give my poems a lyrical quality, so yes, in my opinion you are correct in seeing them that way. Looking into the matter a little further, perhaps you have studied the difference between the words “lyrical” and “lyric.” Today, when we think of “lyrical” poems, we might also use adjectives like “musical” and “colorful” and “dreamlike.” If you think about it, these words describe what all poems could or should be. On the other hand, “lyric” poetry means a specific kind of poem. Thousands of years ago, an ancient Greek thinker named Aristotle pointed out this type of poem in his book “Poetics.” When he wrote about “lyric” poems, he meant poems that could be sung while playing a musical instrument called a lyre. Our idea of “lyrical” actually comes from Aristotle’s very old idea.
I hope this answer was not too long! Sincerely, Scott Fogdall
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