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Poetry Definition

A lengthy lyric poem typically of a serious or meditative nature and having an elevated style and formal stanza structure. A classic ode is structured in three parts: the strophe, the antistrophe, and the epode. Different forms such as the homostrophic ode and the irregular ode also exist.



Intimations of Immortality

by William Wordsworth

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;-
Turn whereso'er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

The rainbow comes and goes,
And lovely is the rose,
The Moon doth with delight
Look round her when the heavens are bare;
Waters on a starry night
Are beautiful and fair;
The sunshine is a glorious birth;
But yet I know, where'er I go,
That there hath past away a glory from the earth.

Standard Definition

[n] a lyric poem with complex stanza forms

Misc. Definitions

\Ode\, n. [F., fr. L. ode, oda, Gr. ? a song, especially a lyric song, contr. fr. ?, fr. ? to sing; cf.Skr. vad to speak, sing. Cf. {Comedy}, {Melody}, {Monody}.] A short poetical composition proper to be set to music or sung; a lyric poem; esp., now, a poem characterized by sustained noble sentiment and appropriate dignity of style. Hangs odes upon hawthorns and elegies on brambles. --Shak. O! run; prevent them with thy humble ode, And lay it lowly at his blessed feet. --Milton. {Ode factor}, one who makes, or who traffics in, odes; -- used contemptuously.