How do you write an Ode?

  1. ThompsonPen profile image79
    ThompsonPenposted 3 years ago

    How do you write an Ode?

    Challenged with writing an ode for extra credit, I'm wondering if there is a particular structure to follow - rhyming pattern, certain amounts of stanzas, and so on. Any suggestions?

  2. Phyllis Doyle profile image98
    Phyllis Doyleposted 3 years ago

    How to write an ode? With passion and a strong emphasis on poetic meter. Study the structure of Keats' ode: "Ode to a Mockingbird", which has the rhyming scheme of "ABABCDECDE"

    This particular scheme means line 1 and 2 (A and B) rhyme
    Lines 3 rhymes with line 1 and line  4  rhymes with line 2
    Line 8 rhymes with line 5
    Line 9 rhymes with line 6
    Line 10 rhymes with line 7

    Each stanza in the ode consists of 10 lines

    It may be a bit confusing at times, but once you get the hang of it you will find it is quite smooth - it takes a lot of focus, though.

    Also study Poetry, and Rhyme Scheme, and Metre (Poetry), all on Wikipedia.

    Have fun with your ode.

  3. Robert Levine profile image85
    Robert Levineposted 3 years ago

    An ode is really simply a poem on a particular topic--it's not a fixed form like a sonnet.  That doesn't discount Phyllis Doyle's suggestion to study Keats, though; he wrote a few of the finest odes in English.