Writing Tip: Form: Ode

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The ode is a form of poetry that originated in Ancient Greece. It is traditionally a long poem separated into stanzas, but you can change the form as you wish. Most odes also rhyme – although how is up to you. You can also write an irregular ode without rhymes or a perfect rhythm.

An ode is a tribute to something that the poet feels particularly passionate about. This can be a person, a place, an object or an idea. The poem is defined by its theme. Odes are typically written from the poet’s perspective. This is their passion. When you create an ode, you can use simile and metaphor in order to compare the subject of the ode to other things (that are beautiful, or magnificent, etc.).

For example, you could compare your friend’s eyes to the stars or your favourite food to precious gems. The most important thing to remember when you are writing an ode is that it is about your emotions. Pick something that you have a strong connection to or feel very deeply about. You will be writing about a single thing, so make sure that it’s something you can open your heart about when you write.

Writing an ode is a great opportunity to allow your emotions to run wild across the page! Your passion can help you to create a beautiful poem in the form of an ode.

Written by: Laura Clark

* Laura is a 23 year old English woman with a history degree residing in the UK. She has been writing for many years and enjoys writing horror/fantasy stories, as well as poetry. You can view her work at: https://inspiredstoriesandpoems.wordpress.com/



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