What does ode mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ode(noun)

    a lyric poem with complex stanza forms


  1. ode(Noun)

    A short poetical composition proper to be set to music or sung; a lyric poem; esp., now, a poem characterized by sustained noble sentiment and appropriate dignity of style.

    Ode on a Grecian Urnu2014Keats

  2. Origin: From ᾠδή.


  1. Ode

    Ode is a type of lyrical stanza. A classic ode is structured in three major parts: the strophe, the antistrophe, and the epode. Different forms such as the homostrophic ode and the irregular ode also exist. It is an elaborately structured poem praising or glorifying an event or individual, describing nature intellectually as well as emotionally. Greek odes were originally poetic pieces accompanied by symphonic orchestras. As time passed on, they gradually became known as personal lyrical compositions whether sung or merely recited. The primary instruments used were the aulos and the lyre. The written ode, as it was practiced by the Romans, returned to the/ L E2 lyrical form of the Lesbian lyricists. There are three typical forms of odes:the Pindaric, Horatian, and irregular. Pindaric odes follow the form and style of Pindar. Horatian odes follow conventions of Horace; the odes of Horace deliberately imitated the Greek lyricists such as Alcaeus and Anacreon. Odes by Catullus, as well as other poetry of Catullus, was particularly inspired by Sappho. Irregular odes are rhyming, but they do not employ the three-part form of the Pindaric ode nor the two- or four-line stanza of the Horatian ode.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ode

    ōd, n. a song: a poem written to be set to music: the music written for such a poem.—adj. O′dic.—n. O′dist, a writer of odes. [Fr. ode—Gr. ōdē, contr. from aoidēaeidein, to sing.]

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Anagrams for ode »

  1. doe, DOE, Edo, EOD, OED

  2. Edo

  3. OED

  4. EOD

  5. doe, DOE


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ode in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ode in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Faulkner:

    If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.

  2. Henry David Thoreau, Walden; Where I Lived, And What I Lived For:

    I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake his neighbours up.

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