(OALD) (usu long) poem expressing noble feeling, often written to a person or thing, or celebrating some special event. (LTC) An elaborate and elevated lyric poem, extending over quite a few stanzas, and addressed to a person or thing or to an abstraction (e.g. "Melancholy"). In its more straightforward form it simply praises the subject, but as it developed in the romantic period the typical ode became more hesitant and philosophical.
Name given to an extended lyric poem characterized by exalted emotion and dignified style. An ode usually concerns a single, serious theme. Most odes, but not all, are addressed to an object or individual. Odes are distinguished from other lyric poetic form s by their complex rhythmic and stanzaic patterns. An example of this form is John Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale." (Compare with Lyric Poetry.)
A type of lyric or melic verse, usually irregular rather than uniform, generally of considerable length and sometimes continuous, sometimes divided in accordance with transitions of thought and mood in a complexity of stanzaic forms; it often has varying iambic line lengths with no fixed system of rhyme schemes and is always marked by the rich, intense expression of an elevated thought, often addressed to a praised person or object. Sidelight: Two other important forms of the ode arose from classical poetry; (1) the Dorian or choric ode designed for singing, after which Pindaric verse was patterned, and (2) the Aeolic or Horatian Ode, of which " Ode to a Nightingale," considered to be one of John Keats' finest works, is an example. More commonly used in English poetry, however, is the irregular form exemplified by Wordsworth's " Ode. Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood." Sidelight: The irregular ode retains the lofty Pindaric style, but allows each stanza to establish its own pattern, rather than follow a regular strophic structure.(See also Anacreontic, Encomium, Epinicion, Sapphic Verse)
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The ode is written for an occasion or on a particular subject; it is somewhat lyrical and can be put to music, but often is merely lilting, hinting at a rhythm. It has some form of rhyme scheme and meter, nothing strict, nothing overly complicated. It is typically a dignified or serious piece, though in recent times this has been twisted sarcastically -- still meditative or noble in phrase but not in subject.
A relatively lengthy lyric poem that often expresses lofty emotions in a dignified style. Odes are characterized by a serious topic, such as truth, art, freedom, justice, or the meaning of life; their tone tends to be formal. There is no prescribed pattern that defines an ode; some odes repeat the same pattern in each stanza, while others introduce a new pattern in each stanza. See also lyric.
a classical lyric form, typically of medium length with complex stanzas and ornate prosodic effects. Ancient odes were usually written to commemorate ceremonial occasions such as anniversaries or funerals. The Romantic poets wrote odes in celebration of art, nature, or exalted states of mind.
A lyric poem that's serious and thoughtful in tone and has a very precise, formal structure. Of course, one can mock this style by doing a poem entitled, say, "An Ode to My Ice Cream Sandwich," detailing why the ice cream sandwich is seriously the best treat on a hot summer's day.
Ode (Classical Greek: ) is a form of stately and elaborate lyrical verse. A classic ode is structured in three parts - the strophe, the antistrophe and the epode but different forms such as the homostrophic ode and the irregular ode exist.