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Songs, birthday parties, advertisements and also volumes of poetry: you will encounter poems and poetry in many areas of your life. Here we explain the characteristics of poems and poetry and how you can better understand them.

Status: 20.09.2011 | archive

The Poetry is one of the three main genres of literary texts. In addition to the Prose / epic (narrative texts such as novels, short stories) and the Drama (Theatrical plays, dialogues) is that Poetrythe third great genus. Lyric texts are also called Poems designated.

Features of lyric texts

1. Poems are reduced to the bare essentials. A story can be told in just a few words. However, the action is not embellished and described in detail, but conveyed briefly and concisely.

2. Feelings play an important role in lyrical texts.
Examples:
- love, joy, happiness, cheerfulness or
- Anger, anger, fear, sadness, hatred

3. The external form of poems differs from that of narrative texts. Classical poems are divided into stanzas, which consist of verses.

4. Lyric texts make use of certain linguistic means. These include the rhymes, the rhythm, linguistic means such as metaphors and also the special choice of words and a special sentence structure.

5. Choice of words and sentence structure do not have to obey the applicable rules.

A classic example from Heinrich Heine:

A young man loves a girl

A young man loves a girl
She has chosen someone else;
The other loves another,
And got married to this one.

The girl is getting married out of anger
The first best man
Who got in her way;
The youth is in a bad way.

It's an old story
But it always remains new;
And who is it just happening to
His heart breaks in two.

This classic poem consists of three stanzas of four verses each!

Lyric texts make use of certain linguistic means. These include the rhymes, the rhythm, linguistic means such as metaphors, linguistic images or idioms as well as the special choice of words and a special sentence structure.

Linguistic means: Linguistic characters

Linguistic figures are linguistic images and comparisons, metaphors, repetitions, many adjectives or even alliterations.

to 5. Choice of words and sentence structure

With poems it is allowed to change a word so that it rhymes or fits into the rhythm, for example.
For example: go, I'll run or something like that.

The sentence structure does not necessarily have to be grammatically correct, so ellipses, i.e. incomplete sentences, are also permitted.
For example: Open the window - bird out - be free

Modern lyric poetry - classic lyric poetry

Modern poetry defies many of the rules of classical poetry and is similar to prose.
Features:
Rhymes are not strictly necessary
There are no uniform stanzas and verses
The rhythm is irregular
Nowadays, modern lyric poetry includes all lyrics and rap songs.