To what would you write an ode?
What is worthy of your time and devotion in ode form?
Not that I'm likely to write one (I'm pretty much prosaic in my outlook), but odes are usually dedicated to beautiful things, women, flowers, that sort of thing.
[I associate 'odes' with the UK tv series 'Up Pompeii', the main character being the slave Lurcio - lurk - played by comedian Frankie Howerd. The series was a mickey-taking venture, sending up Roman culture (in the aftermath of the discovery of Pompeii, when fairly graphic scenes of daily life were depicted on the walls of houses etc). The lovesick son of the master of the house spent his time unsuccessfully trying to compose an ode to his girlfriend, aided and abetted in his amorous pursuits by Lurcio].
(Exeunt stage left).
Write an ode to anything you wish to honour in a special way. I have written one dedicated to a fellow Hubber who inspired me, to Robin Williams after his death etc. I have even seen odes written to celebrate the seasons or a true love.
It would have to be something truly awesome. The earth, maybe. God, of course.
My ode would be to a trickling spring that flows gently in the woods. It inspires so much and allows so much of soul searching.
As this is fall seaon, I would love to write an ode to the season. I can think of many more to write one to: God, my grandchildren, people that have passed that meant a lot to me.
A sunflower, a forest, the rolling sea...and maybe even my daughter. ~:0)
Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' is the penultimate illustration of what an Ode should be...An ode should be to something, someone, that inspires, that elevates the human soul, that yearns to hold that substance of precious attributes unique unto our world....an ode should be honest and sincere, given by the heart and appreciated by the mind...The profound declaration, which encapsulates very neatly Keats's philosophical approach to poetry, that 'Beauty is Truth, Truth Beauty' binds his Ode to a very human appreciation of art and life...
If asked, I would pen an Ode to my cat, Simon...A handicapped cat from birth that was born deaf, as are most blue-eyed white male cats...I promised to protect him from harm but failed...He licked a next-door neighbors anti-freeze in his garage and was put down because he was in terrible pain...That was 12 years ago and I still carry the guilt...My Ode would be to the wonderful time we had together, which I miss dearly...
by Nicola Thompson3 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?
by Johnathan L Groom6 years ago
Really! I have thirty hubs as revenue, and six from a "coming-soon" PoetryBook... The problem is, I have already published like an original, one-of-a-kind, pulitzer prize worthy (no exaggeration)...
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