What is an example of a classic ode? What makes an ode and please analyze/explain the poetic devices used and the meaning of an example ode.
Derived from a word meaning "to sing," odes were originally sung in accompaniment to musical instruments; along with their lyrical features, odes were very dignified in style and tone. Originally performed by a chorus in Greek drama, the odes in Sophocles's Oedipus Rex can serve well as examples.
Such a Greek ode is
- usually written in iambic (ta DUM [unstressed syllable followed by stressed syllable]) tetrameter (3 of this ta DUM pattern)
- with a varied rhyme
- containing three "acts" in stanzas of 4-6 lines that are composed of
- the strophe, which is the first side of the "story"
- the antistrophe, which is the other side of the "story"
- the epode, which is the "review"
- having themes about the gods, individuals, experiences, (Pindaric ode), or themes that are highly personal (Horatian ode)
*EXAMPLE: ODE 2 from Oedipus Rex. This ode follows the first act in which Oedipus, the king of Thebes seeks a solution to the plague from which Thebes suffers because it is cursed by the presence of the murderer of...
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