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What is an ode?

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angels9286 | College Teacher | Honors

Posted July 13, 2011 at 4:55 AM via web

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What is an ode?

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K.P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted August 11, 2011 at 2:45 AM (Answer #1)

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An ode is one of poetry's formal types, or forms, and is a kind of a broader form of poetry called lyric poem. A lyric poem is often rhymed, but need not be, and expresses the feelings and emotions of the poet. It is the emotive characteristic of lyric poems that make them so appealing. Odes have their own formal requirements, or requirements of form. The Pindaric and Horatian odes have three parts, the strophe, antistrophe, and epode, while the Irregular ode may have some or all of the traditional elements while being longer.

In the opening stanza of the ode, the strophe, there is a complex scheme of rhythmic meter and rhyme. The second stanza, the antistrophe, mirrors the scheme of the first, and the third, the epode, has a different metrical scheme structure altogether. An ode speaks in a lofty manner to an event, object, or person that is absent, thus not present with the poetic speaker. This can be illustrated by Wordsworth's long-titled ode to an event, "Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood." It may also be illustrated by Keats's ode to an object, "Ode on a Grecian Urn." It is further illustrated by Robert Lowell's long Irregular ode to sailors, "The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket."

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malaikakhan32 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 3, 2011 at 9:20 PM (Answer #2)

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ode is  a lyrical poem in the form of an address to a particular subject or dedicated to  someone or something  which captures the poets interest or serves a s an inspiration for the  ode.

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rugbykats | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted July 13, 2011 at 5:22 AM (Answer #3)

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An ode is a kind of lyric poem which is typically written in dignified language and expresses a sincere appreciation for someone or something. Practically any noun you can think of could be the subject of odes, which have been written about everything from grecian urns to birds to people.

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