Nine Lyric Poets
- Alcman of Sparta (choral lyric, 7th century BC)
- Sappho of Lesbos (monodic lyric, c. 600 BC)
- Alcaeus of Mytilene (monodic lyric, c. 600 BC)
- Anacreon of Teos (monodic lyric, 6th century BC)
- Stesichorus of Himera (choral lyric, 6th century BC)
- Ibycus of Rhegium (choral lyric, 6th century BC)
- Simonides of Ceos (choral lyric, 6th century BC)
- Bacchylides of Ceos (choral lyric, 5th century BC)
- Pindar of Thebes (choral lyric, 5th century BC)
In most Greek sources, the word melikos (from melos, "song") is used, but the variant lyrikos (from lyra, "lyre") became the regular form in Latin (as lyricus) and in modern languages. The ancient scholars defined the genre on the basis of the musical accompaniment, not the content. Thus, some types of poetry which would be included under the label "lyric poetry" in modern criticism—namely, the elegy and iambus which were performed with flutes—are excluded.
- Sometimes "of Metauros".
- Cf. esp. M. Davies's "Monody, Choral Lyric, and the Tyranny of the Hand-Book" in Classical Quarterly, NS 38 (1988), pp. 52–64.