For nearly three millennia, the ode has been one of the most elaborate and dignified poetic expressions ever developed. Originally created to provide choral accompaniment to musical instruments, the ode evolved into a lyric poem that praised and glorified individuals, accomplishments, and victories, while also painting observant portraits of nature.
|Structure:||Unfixed number of four- to six-line stanzas|
|Measure/Beat:||Varied, but iambic tetrameter is most common|
|Common Themes:||Pindaric celebrates gods, events, experiences, other individuals; Horatian is deeply personal|