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Ode Definition

Poetry Definition of Ode

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.

Top 5 Ode Poem Examples

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories
Dear Lucifer Breidenthal, Laura Odeabsence, analogy, character, corruption,
The one known as Destroyer Byte, Michael Odefriendship,
Premium Member Poem Poetry Pillar Bordner, Justin Odebeauty, creation, desire, love,
You Know Breidenthal, Laura Odeemotions, friendship, happiness, joy,
Ode To The Hydrangea Capitano, Phil Odeflower,

Standard Definition

[n] a lyric poem with complex stanza forms

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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.

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