Definition of Ode
“I intended an Ode, And it turned to a Sonnet.” Henry Austin Dobson
Ode is a form of poem composed for the purpose of celebrating beings and things. It is a poem expressing the writer’s thoughts and feelings about a particular person or subject usually written to that person or subject. 10 Most Famous Ode is also an inspiring article to read.
My Ode Poet List
1. Pablo Neruda: Born 12th of July, 1904; Pablo Neruda is a classic poet whose manoeuvre of free verse can easily dwindle anybody’s love for pentameter. His large number of ode has made him a more nature oriented poet; though his poems mostly carry the theme of love. He pushes great qualities out of anything (living and dead). Few of his odes are Ode To Age, Ode To Bird Watching, Ode To My Socks, Ode To Maize, Ode To Broken Things, and many fifteen other odes which are archived in poemhunter.com. You should also read: Analysis of Ode To The Onion by Pablo Neruda
2. John Keats: John Keats (1795 – 1821) was an English Romantic poet whose work revealed that no other form of poetry delighted him more than ode. Ode To Apollo, Ode To A Nightingale, Ode To Fanny, and many other odes of his available at britannica.com. Most of his odes are metered. You should also read: Analysis Of Ode To A Grecian Urn By John Keats
3. William Wordsworth: William Wordsworth lived 80 years on earth before his death on the 23rd of April, 1850. No a poet of nature to the core like in the case Robert Frost but nature, life, living and death are common themes in his literary endeavour_ not to forget few of his odes: Ode To Duty, Ode Composed On A May Morning, Ode To Lycoris, etc. He was born in Cockermouth, Cumberland in England. You should also read: Simple Analysis Of A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal By William Wordsworth
4. Thomas Gray: English professor and poet, Thomas Gray lived between 26th December 1716 and 30th July 1771. Born in London, Wikipedia article noted that “He was the fifth of twelve children, and the only one to survive infancy. He lived with his mother after she left his abusive and mentally unwell father”. Few of his odes are Ode On The Spring, Ode On A Distant Prospect Of Eton College, etc. You should also read: Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray (Summary)
How To Write Ode
Example of an Ode: Let’s use fragment of “To Autumn by John Keats” as a sample example of an ode as seen below:
“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;Conspiring with him how to load and blessWith 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 shellsWith 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…”
Ode Writing Technique: Ode save any poet the inability to find the best title for his/her poem while the obviousness in every title of an ode draws more readers. For a beginner, the best way to write an ode is to mimic the pattern of a classic ode by rephrasing its lines. Whenever you want to write an ode, you must be ready to give detailed descriptions by employing the tools of imagery.
There are lots of themes that an ode can erupt but the theme of praise must always dominate_ by showing the great and good qualities of the subject or object. Literarydevices.net has a broader division of ode.
Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)