Thursday, 25 December 2008

Poetry Examples of Odes

If you came looking for poetry examples of odes I can provide you with plenty but why are so many of you so looking. Is this a school project?

What is an ode? It's a poem you call an ode. Here is an ode I wrote

Ode to Ernest Orn Who Ought to Gain Employment

O Ern Orn, earn

Or here is Gyles Brandreth's famous short ode

Ode to a Goldfish


Here's another ode by me called

Ode to the Lender

O that you weren’t owed
All repayments made
By any whatsoever mode
Everything repaid
All at once, preferably
You would be in ecstasy
It would make you feel so good
To be an ex debtee
There’s no such thing as free lunch,
When you’re in a Credit Crunch
So get what you're owed, as you should

Stephen Fry in his book "The Ode Less Travelled" says if you can speak and read English you can write poetry. But it is no fun if you don't know where to start or have been led to believe that Anything Goes.

Stephen, who has long written poems, and indeed has written long poems, for his own private pleasure, invites you to discover the incomparable delights of metre, rhyme and verse forms.

Whether you want to write a Petrarchan sonnet for your lover's birthday, an epithalamion for your sister's wedding or a villanelle excoriating the government's housing policy, The Ode Less Travelled will give you the tools and the confidence to do so. Brimful of enjoyable exercises, witty insights and simple step-by-step advice, The Ode Less Travelled guides the reader towards mastery and confidence in the Mother of the Arts.

He says of The Ode it was once the most grand, ceremonial and high minded of forms but is now a frequently jokey synonym for 'poem'

Here's some links to famous odes

I do hope I've helped

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