By: Olivia Lacy

History of an Ode

Ode means to sing or chant. It was originally accompanied by singing and dancing but was later reserved to romantic poets to show their strongest sentiments. An ode is a formal address to an event, a person, or thing.


An Ode poem is usually written for an occasion or certain subject. They are usually more serious than other poetry forms.


An Ode usually has an elaborate stanza pattern. It often praises people, the art of music and poetry, natural scenes, abstract concepts.

Works Cited

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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 wheresoe'er I may,

By night or day,

The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.

By: William Wordsworth