How to Write an Ode

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Writing an ode worships a person or object on a pedestal through rhythmic praise and rhyme. Write an ode with tips from a produced playwright in this free video on writing.

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Hi this is Laura Turner and today I'm going to talk to you about how to write an ode. An ode is the poem that is addressed to raise up loftily a person or an object. First what you want to do is you want to decide what you'll like to write your ode about. And by doing that you need to find something that you are passionate about that you would like to spend several lines with writing a poem on. I have chosen today as an example, the poem, the ode, ode on a Grecian urn by Keats. And what we'll do is we'll actually look at this and I'm going to show you the proper format for making an ode. Because that' s one thing that I really can do, what I can't do is I can't tell you what you want to write about. So standard format for this kind of a poem is to write ten lines stances in this particular ABABCDECDE format. And as we see here, with ode on a Grecian urn, thou still unravish'd bride of quietness. The first line rhymes with the third line. Silvan historian, who canst thus express. So quietness , express. The second line, thou foster child of silence and slow time is a B rhyme or the second word that is going to rhyme in the poem, rhymes with the fourth line, a flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme. So time, rhyme, quietness, express. And as we go down through the poem we see shape, shape rhyming actually, cause we have to skip to get to the C again. Escape, so if we see how that works both, loathe, Arcady, ecstasy. And so we see how we don't have to rhyme with every other line. We can actually skip around a little bit and it gives the poem a kind of nice shape to it in that it's not just you know rat, bat, cat, sat, mat, right. That it's actually playing with words, so you want to give yourself the opportunity to free yourself with this rhyme and not use it as something that is constraining you. Because I think it really does seem like a very fun rhyme to write in. And you can actually make your ode as long as you would like. I have read odes that are as long as whole entire books. But probably a good length you know, would be whatever you would like it to be. So go ahead and have fun writing your ode.


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