What Does Ode Mean?


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An ode generally refers to a reasonably lengthy lyrical poem. It is generally of a meditative or serious often contemplative nature. It has stanzaic structure that is formal and is characterised also by an elevated style. An Ode in its more traditional sense refers to any of many epic Greek songs that were performed accompanied by dance at dramas or public festivities. An Epode following a strophe and an antistrophe constituted the three part structure so characteristic of these classic "ode". Odes generally displayed deep feeling and were generally praising something.

The word "Ode" comes to the English from the French word for "chronic song" taken from the Old French, in its turn borrowed from the Late Latin word "ode" or "oda" and derived from the Greek word "aoide" or "oide" meaning song.

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