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The Ode
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The Horiatian Ode

The Horatian ode is named for the Latin lyric poet Horace. Unlike the Pindaric ode, the Horatian uses only one stanza type. Often, a poet invents a stanza form using complex variations of rhyme and meter for the purpose of a Horatian ode. Horatian odes tend to be more personal and solemn than Pindaric odes. For an example, see Wordsworth's Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.

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