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  • 1. How to Write an Ode Lisa Schlageck TEC539 Digital Media August 29, 2010
  • 2. What is an Ode?
    • Generally defined as a rhymed poem or irregular meter (eHow, Inc., 2010).
    • An exalted lyric poem, aiming at loftier thought, more dignified expression, and more intricate formal structure than most lyrics (School Link, 2010).
    • A form of stately and elaborate lyrical verse (Gardiner, 2007).
    • The pattern of an ode is that it describes a scene, then focuses on a problem or a particular situation and then arrives at a conclusion which is made by returning to the original scene or statement (tipDeck.com, 2010).
  • 3. First,
    • Select a subject to write about: person, place, or thing.
        • You can write an ode about a city, a person, a flower, or even a pen.
  • 4. Second,
    • Write phrases describing how your subject makes you feel and why you feel this way.
        • Analyze all those attributes that you shall be praising in your ode.
        • Make a list of all the attributes that you can think of about the ode’s topic.
        • (TipDeck.com, 2010)
  • 5. Third,
    • Write many phrases telling unique qualities of your subject.
    • Explain why your subject is important to you and why you adore it so much!
    • Join some of your phrases into lines for your ode.
        • Keep in mind that some odes contain several stanzas that have a typical rhyme scheme.
        • Will you have a rhyme scheme in your ode?
        • (TipDeck.com, 2010)
  • 6. Fourth,
    • Revise your lines following these steps:
    • Take away any lines that are too similar
    • Add more feeling to any meaningless lines
    • Pick a good opening line or sentence
    • Order the remaining lines into their best sequence
    • Select a good closing line that clearly expresses your feelings about the subject
    • (Think Quest, 2010)
  • 7. And finally,
    • Read your ode aloud to see if the flow of your poem is seamless and that it makes sense.
    • Allow others to read your ode and make some suggested changes.
    • Rewrite your ode in a final draft and maybe even add an illustration.
    • (TipDeck.com, 2010)
  • 8. To Autumn by John Keats
    • SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
    • Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    • Consipiring with him how to load and bless
    • With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
    • To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
    • And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
    • To swell the gourd, and plump the hazels hells
    • With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
    • And still more, later flowers for the bees,
    • Until they think warm days will never cease,
    • For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
  • 9. References
    • eHow, Inc., (2010). How to write an ode. Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/how_16706_write-ode.html
    • School Link, (2010). Lesson plan: writing an ode. Retrieved from http://www.schoollink.org/csd/pages/engl/ode.html
    • Think Quest, (2010). On your toes with odes. Retrieved from http://library.thinkquest.org/4382/odes.html
    • Gardiner, R. (2007). Writing an ode!!! . Retrieved from http://www.poems-and-quotes.com/article.html?id=609
    • TipDeck.com, (2010). How to Write an ode. Retrieved from http://tipdeck.com/how-to-write-an-ode