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Lyricism is a quality that expresses deep feelings or emotions in an inspired work of art.[1]

Often used to describe the capability of a Lyricist.


Lyricism is when art is expressed in a beautiful or imaginative way, or when it has an expressive quality.[2] Although the term "lyricism" is often used in conjunction with art composed of sound alone, it can also apply to all forms of art, including paintings, performance,[3] poetry, architecture,[4] or film.[5]

Uses of lyricism[edit]

The Starry Night
Nasir ol Molk Mosque

Although it is impossible to define beauty, emotion, or imagination in a definitive manner, it is possible to draw upon examples of works that may share those characteristics in both subtle and dramatic ways. The following are some classic examples of lyricism:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "lyricism". Merriam Webster. Retrieved 2015-08-31.
  2. ^ "lyricism". Oxford US English Language Dictionary. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-31.
  3. ^ DeFrantz, Thomas F. (2006). Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey's Embodiment of African American Culture. Oxford University Press. p. 130.
  4. ^ a b Cohen, Jean-Louis (2004). Le Corbusier, 1887-1965: The Lyricism of Architecture in the Machine Age. Taschen.
  5. ^ Dillon, Steven (2004). Derek Jarman and Lyric Film: The Mirror and the Sea. University of Texas Press. p. 12.
  6. ^ [1] The Architecture of Zaha Hadid: The Pritzker Architecture Prize
  7. ^ Corrigan, Timothy; White, Patricia (2012). The Film Experience: An Introduction. Macmillan. p. 306.
  8. ^ Woideck, Carl (1998). The Charlie Parker Companion: Six Decades of Commentary. Schirmer Books. p. 214.
  9. ^ Knepler, Georg (1997). Wolfgang Amadé Mozart. Translated by Robinson, J. Bradford. Cambridge University Press. p. 181.
  10. ^ Todd, R. Larry (2006). Perspectives on Mozart Performance. Cambridge University Press. p. 115.
  11. ^ Wallace, Robert K. (2009). Jane Austen and Mozart: Classical Equilibrium in Fiction and Music. University of Georgia Press. p. 151.
  12. ^ Braxton, Joanne M. (1999). Maya Angelou's I Know why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook. Oxford University Press. pp. 19.