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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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."

rugbykats eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

Wiggin42 | Student

"A classic ode is structured in three major parts: the strophe, the antistrophe, and the epode. Different forms such as the homostrophic ode and the irregular ode also exist. It is an elaborately structured poem praising or glorifying an event or individual, describing nature intellectually as well as emotionally."

The ode originated with the Greeks.

malaikakhan32 | Student

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.