Lyric poetry is an informal form of written poetry that expresses feelings or personal emotions, usually written in the third person. Unlike most poetic forms, it is not related to conventional song lyrics, even though they often are in the lyric mode. The only thing comparable between lyric and song lyrics would be the use of meter, which is 4 quarters of an inch for spoken words and 6teenth notes for musical instruments. Song lyrics and Lyric poetry share many similarities, including the use of subject, action, and narration.
Lyric poetry has some common characteristics with the lyric, but there are also notable differences. Lyric poems deal more with feelings and emotions rather than story telling as in song lyrics. Unlike a dramatic monologue poem, in which a poet has to constantly convince the reader to follow the flow of the narrative, a lyric poem relies on its simplicity and on being able to speak directly to the audience. Also, unlike a dramatic monologue poem where the poet has to introduce each thought or idea in his poem, a lyric poem will not have much introduction except for a single word or a title. The use of verse is also very limited in a lyric poem compared to a drama, where the poet can use all forms of verse, rhyme, and rhythm.
One of the most important characteristics of lyric and song lyrics is that they have no dialog, in other words, there is no chance for the poet to communicate ideas through words. Though a dramatic work of art, a lyric poem does not carry any philosophical, emotional or psychological content. It only depicts events or situations. A lyric poem may tell a sad story, but it would never reveal the solution or the meaning of the event.