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ode

noun \ˈōd\

: a poem in which a person expresses a strong feeling of love or respect for someone or something

Full Definition of ODE

:  a lyric poem usually marked by exaltation of feeling and style, varying length of line, and complexity of stanza forms
od·ist \-ist\ noun

Examples of ODE

  1. This poem is titled, An Ode to My Mother.

Origin of ODE

Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French, from Late Latin, from Greek ōidē, literally, song, from aeidein, aidein to sing; akin to Greek audē voice
First Known Use: 1588

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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