Kinds of Ode: A Comparative Study

  • S Udhayakumar Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, School of English and Foreign Languages Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Odes, Pindaric, Horatian, Irregular Ode, Romantic Poets, Greek Poets


This paper brings a comparative analysis of three types of ode poems, i.e., the Pindaric, Horatian and Irregular odes. Its major focus is on the evolutionary changes of odes from its inception at Grecian to English Romantic odes which were greatly influenced by many like Roman influence, Italian influence, Renaissance and Romantic period etc. Moreover the paper gives a clear picture of ode poetry, its characteristics, form and structure and the functions of each type. Through a comparative study the distinct characteristics of the three types are explicated. Some of the ode poems of English poetry such as “The progress of Poesy: A Pindaric ode” by Thomas Grey, “Ode on Solitude” by Alexander Pope and “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats have been taken as the English models of the three kinds respectively. These poems where compared with the original classical models and critically analyzed.

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Udhayakumar, S. (2021). Kinds of Ode: A Comparative Study. Shanlax International Journal of English, 9(2), 43-47.