A complex, generally lengthy lyric poem on a serious subject. The two main types of modern odes are based on classical models. One is highly formal and dignified in style and is generally written for ceremonial or public occasions. This type of ode, called the Pindaric Ode, derives from the choral odes of the ancient Greek poet Pindar, who wrote them in honor of the victors at the Olympics and other sacred games. The Horatian ode, like the lyrics of the Roman poet Horace for whom it is named, tends to be more personal and reflective in style.

Ode (?), n. [F., fr. L. ode, oda, Gr. a song, especially a lyric song, contr. fr. , fr. to sing; cf.Skr. vad to speak, sing. Cf. Comedy, Melody, Monody.]

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.

Hangs odes upon hawthorns and elegies on brambles. Shak.

O! run; prevent them with thy humble ode, And lay it lowly at his blessed feet. Milton.

Ode factor, one who makes, or who traffics in, odes; -- used contemptuously.

 

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