Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-384) and index.
An inductive approach. Nine poems ; Four parameters -- Lyric as genre. Notions of genre ; Lyric history ; Lyric genre -- Theories of the lyric. Hegel ; Imitation speech acts or epideixis? ; Performative and performance -- Rhythm and repetition. Meter ; Rhythm ; Sound and repetition -- Lyric address. Address to listeners or readers ; Addressing other people ; Apostrophe -- Lyric structures. Mapping the lyric ; Lyric hyperbole ; Dramatic monologue ; Framing past events ; The lyric present -- Lyric and society. Engagement and disengagement ; Three examples ; Adorno's dialectic ; Tangling with ideology -- Conclusion.