Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lyric poem of some length, usually of a serious or meditative nature and having an elevated style and formal stanzaic structure.
  • n. A choric song of classical Greece, often accompanied by a dance and performed at a public festival or as part of a drama.
  • n. A classical Greek poem modeled on the choric ode and usually having a three-part structure consisting of a strophe, an antistrophe, and an epode.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lyric poem expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion, especially one of complex or irregular metrical form; originally and strictly, such a composition intended to be sung.
  • n. The music to which such a poem is set.
  • n. In ancient prosody, the fourth part of the parabasis of a comedy. See parabasis. Also called the strophe.
  • n. In the Gr. Ch.: One of nine canticles from Scripture, sung whole or in part on different days of the week at lauds (orthros). ; ;
  • n. One of a series of songs or hymns, normally nine in number, called the canon of odes (see canon, 13), sung to a musical tone, generally at lauds (orthros).
  • n. Same as odd for woad.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a lyric poem with complex stanza forms

Etymologies

French, choric song, from Old French, from Late Latin ōdē, ōda, from Greek aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ᾠδή (ōidē, "song"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • None the less it is safe to say that the concoction of a similar ode by the aid of the trade-mark words invented in the British Isles would be a task of great difficulty on account of the paucity of terms sufficiently artificial to bestow the exotic remoteness which is accountable for the aroma of the American ‘ode’.

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  • In "Crystal Palace" (2002, revised 2011), in what he calls an ode to "digital interlace," he disassembles a landscape of majestic snow-wreathed conifers at Lake Tahoe (and, briefly, a red house) into sharply differentiated parts and visual planes, isolating these elements in a way that brings to mind the individual layers of a paper diorama.

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  • Kittenpie is a classic beauty - the kinds that epic paintings were done in ode to in victorian times.

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  • The ode is a perfect text for those purposes, and what's more, it ultimately allows me to make transparent to my students my motives in being so "mysterious."

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  • The speaker in the ode is singing a displaced hymn, we are writing an interpretation.

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  • It is the Earth as seen by Nils from the back of the gander and by the author of the Latin ode from the back of

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  • The ode is the trumpet of a prophecy which Shelley uttered on a grand scale in Prometheus Unbound: the death of tyranny and the rebirth of freedom.

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  • But neither the Medusa fragment nor the ode is merely a symbolic transcription of natural processes.

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  • I then translated the ode from the Greek, and as nearly as possible, word for word; and the impression was, that in the general movement of the periods, in the form of the connections and transitions, and in the sober majesty of lofty sense, it appeared to them to approach more nearly, than any other poetry they had heard, to the style of our

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  • [5] The title of the ode is taken from Virgil (70 – 19 BC), Aeneid, Book 6, line 662.

    Letter 89

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