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July 24, 2014

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Fantastic poem, fantastic exercise.

To me the difference between narrative and lyric poetry is very simple.

A lyric poem is when one character is speaking for itself lone, expressing feelings about memories, in a static speech, as if they are sitting somewhere talking to someone.

A narrative poem is when a narrator is telling a story that presents a series of scenes with actions in a variety of settings that depict several characters talking to each other, in which causes result in effects, so there is a transformation.

I have slightly modified my comment:

To me the difference between narrative and lyric poetry is very simple.

A lyric poem is when one character is speaking for itself alone, expressing feelings about memories, in a static speech, as if they are sitting somewhere talking to someone.

A narrative poem is when a disinterested narrator is telling a story that presents a series of scenes with actions in a variety of settings that depict several characters talking to each other, in which causes result in effects, so there is a transformation.

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