The lyric essay is a hybrid form in creative nonfiction that focuses on rhythm and cadence as much as context, often employing poetic devices to create repetition and layered meanings.
A brief subjective poem strongly marked by imagination, melody, and emotion, and creating a single, unified impression. (A Handbook to Literature)
Originally, a poem meant to be sung to the accompaniment of a lyre; now, any relatively short poem in which the speaker expresses his or her thoughts and feelings in the first person rather than recounting a narrative or portraying a dramatic situation. (Norton)
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