In Praise of the Ode (How to Write an Ode Infographic)

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.
In Praise of the Ode Infographic
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  1. says

    I do not know much about odes, don’t know much biology, don’t know much about the French I took…oh, sorry, loved Sam Cooke. I was saying, I don’t know much about odes, but this prompt has been inspirational to see all the variation. So, here’s to a friend of mine:

    Ode To My Muse

    I have found you in mistaken words
    of songs, in the broken light
    of neighborhoods outside the town,

    where you walked with me,
    like an ambiguous angel, abiding
    and escaping along the lamps.

    I’ve seen you in the moments
    of pattering confusion,
    before dreams in the dimming day.

    You sing to me like the bird
    I cannot see that sends its litany
    into the here and everywhere.

    Stay with me, exasperating as you are;
    keep me with you, flesh and bone, or light
    flickering in the grass, like fireflies in a jar.

    • says

      Thanks, Maureen. Thought grumpy cat had a place on the page. 😉

      My son came home one day and said one of the English teachers at his school was using the sonnet graphic. We’ll get them out there, one by one. 😉

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