for writers and readers….

O is for ODE

letter oThe classic Greek ode was a serious literary form that publicly celebrated the achievements of a noteworthy individual – an Olympic athlete for example. Much later the English Romantic poets turned it into a personal reflection on nature in some way.

Modern odes tend to focus on less high-minded subjects such as New York poet Lucille Clifton’s HOMAGE TO MY HIPS which contains the delicious lines

I have known them to put a spell on a man

And spin him like a top

Read it in full here HERE


6 comments on “O is for ODE

  1. Heidi Mannan
    April 17, 2013

    Good word. I might have to use it in a story sometime.

  2. Teresa
    April 17, 2013

    I do think of it as a personal reflection. Hmm. That’s me reflecting.

    • bridget whelan
      April 17, 2013

      Did you detect a certain sniffiness on my part about the Romantic poets and their personal reflections….? Yes, well it was probably there beneath the surface. And I guess I was being disingenuous when I described an ode to female body parts – especially unfashionably large female body parts – as being less high minded. LC is tackling the most serious of subjects with the kind of wit that leaves a smile on everyone’s face

  3. Sandy Campbell
    April 17, 2013

    Yes, I agree…and modern works may not go down in the history books, but again, you never know!

  4. bridget whelan
    April 17, 2013

    Good stuff is good stuff I guess – whether it reworks a traditional structure or follows a well worn path.

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