By definition, the ode is a poem addressed to an object of one’s affection, whether a person, a place, a thing, or even an idea or feeling. Its roots go back to Greece in the 5th century BC, where the form was first introduced as performance poetry, complete with singers, dancers, an orchestra and a stage to go along with its complex structure. Today, you might read an ode extolling socks, thanks to Pablo Neruda.
As our ode theme winds down for the month of March, we invite you to give it one more try with our new In Praise of the Ode Infographic, created to help you learn about and how to write an ode. Maybe you’ll include the strophe, antistrophe and epode in your poem. Maybe you’ll hire a robed choir to perform it for you. Or perhaps you’ll just find some gadget in your kitchen drawer and write one as irregular as it is.
And don’t forget to try Maureen’s “Ode Finder.” Don’t peek at the answers.
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Post and infographic by L.W. Lindquist.