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#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Lyrical Prose

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I found it way to busy for the likes of me, and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last two times I did the conventional approach, will be writing genres.

This genre:

Lyrical Prose


Prose that are beautiful exposition or narration  

Tipsa to z

  1. Make your prose feel like poetry though without the characteristics of that genre. It may feel song-like.
  2. It may include a recognizable rhythm, where short sentences alternate with longer ones.
  3. Use metaphors.
  4. Compare characters or events to nature.
  5. Pay attention to accentuation, syllabic pacing, and repetition of sound patterns.
  6. When expressing emotion, do it in an imaginative and beautiful way.
  7. Quality over quantity.

Popular Books

Since I don’t read Lyrical Prose, I had to rely for my list of other sources:

  1. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  2. Ordinary Light by Tracey Smith
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  4. Himself by Jess Kidd
  5. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  6. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More L Genres:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

56 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Lyrical Prose

  1. A wonderful genre, Jacqui and one that some think are difficult to read but this is not the case at all! 😀 I’ve read three of the authors on your list and many mentioned by Sharon … Doerr is a current favourite!

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    • That’s amazing. I do think of them maybe not as difficult to read but as ‘important reads’. Usually, I’m trying to relax with reading rather than plumb the depths of importance. Shari is amazing with what she reads, isn’t she?

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  2. I would include anything written by Barbara Kingsolver, Anthony Doerr, Nicole Krauss, Amor Towles, Carlos Luis Zafron, Lisa See, Lilian Nattel, Toni Morrison, W. Somerset Maugham, and Dara Horn. Just a partial list off the top of my head. These are the writers whose books inspire me.

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  3. Hi Jacqui … is there a difference between Lyrical Prose and Poetic Prose? On occasions I’ve been told my ‘posts’ are of the poetic ‘type’ … cheers Hilary

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  4. I’ve only managed lyrical prose for short stories. It’s a lot like actual poetry that way. I like it for something short, but for something that’s as long as a novel (or even a novelette for that matter), I prefer a plainer approach. I guess I like more as a seasoning than as a food group.

    Always worth considering these choices, however. Great post, Jacqui. : )

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  5. I actually like lyrical prose, Jacqui. I love reading books with gorgeous metaphors, where the words flow and the sounds of them are as lovely as the meaning. I definitely recommend One Hundred Years of Solitude. Another one that’s stuck with me is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. I think you might enjoy one of those. 🙂

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  6. I haven’t read any of the listed books either, but I have frequently been told by reviewers that my own writing falls into this category. I’m very conscious of the rhythm and sound of words when I write and have always believed prose is like music with flow, stops, and starts. I also love reading books that employ lyrical prose. It’s so easy to get lost in the passages and images.

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  7. I have read one book that would come under lyrical prose, but for the life of me I can’t think what it was called. Not my sort of thing, which is possibly why. But I’m pretty sure it was an Aussie author.

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