How to Create an Ode Poem

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An ode poem is a celebration of something. The celebration can be of a person, event, relationship or anything you deem worth celebrating. Originally created by Pindar out of the traditional forms of Greek tragedy, this type of poem consists of rhyme and an undefined number of 10-line stanzas. The key to writing a successful ode is the consistency to the rhyme and metrical patterns. It may take a few drafts until you are satisfied with your ode poem.

  • Choose a subject you feel strongly about. This can be a love interest, favorite pet or favorite dinner dish. The passion you feel for your subject will be present in your ode poem.

  • Brainstorm how your subject makes you feel. Write a list down with different adjectives and next to each, explain why the subject makes you feel that particular way.

  • Begin writing your ode poem. Refer to the notes to help you create phrases for your ode. Your ode can follow any rhyme scheme you wish, but be sure to keep it consistent. For example, if you have two rhymes in a line, make each line in the stanza has two rhyming lines. It creates fluidity and consistency.

  • Create four to five stanzas. In order to celebrate and pay tribute to your subject, you must fully detail why you are passionate about your subject.

  • Read some classic ode poems to help inspire you, like, "Ode to the West Wind," by Percy Bysshe Shelley and "Dejection: An Ode," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Take note of their rhyme scheme, metrical pattern and the development of their subject.

  • Write multiple drafts. Do not expect your first draft to come out exactly the way you wish it to be. You may need to tweak and eliminate lines. Have another read your poem and provide constructive feedback.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have a thesaurus and dictionary handy to help you with wording the ode.

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