Kerrigan Servati

Purpose of ODE

Odes are written with emotions and feelings. The subjects vary from people, animals, objects, events, nature, anything that has important meaning to the speaker(Glossary Terms). It expresses SERIOUS themes or ideas.

History of Ode

The Ode form of poetry is originally comes from the Greek. It was at first to sing or chant, and was often played with music (Poetic Form:Ode). The form of Ode poems were formed by Pindar, a Greek poet. Pindar has a Ode form of poetry named after him, Pindaric Ode. Romantic poems usually contain the ode form in their poems.

The characteristics have been modified between generations.

Characteristics of Ode

To identify a Ode poem look for-

-The poem has serious themes such as justice, truth or beauty

-Stanza length is complex, and the meters are varied

-It includes imagination and intelluct

-Or it glorifies & celebrates the subject that it is included in the poem

Examples of a Ode

Ode To Autumn

By:John Keats

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap'd furrow sound asleep,
Drows'd with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Ode on Solitude


Happy the man, whose wish and care

A few paternal acres bound,

Content to breathe his native air,

In his own ground.

Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,

Whose flocks supply him with attire,

Whose trees in summer yield him shade,

In winter fire.

Blest, who can unconcernedly find

Hours, days, and years slide soft away,

In health of body, peace of mind,

Quiet by day,

Sound sleep by night; study and ease,

Together mixed; sweet recreation;

And innocence, which most does please,

With meditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;

Thus unlamented let me die;

Steal from the world, and not a stone

Tell where I lie.


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