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The Ode
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The Irregular Ode

Some poems, generally written after 1900, identify themselves as odes but do not reflect the formal characteristics of Pindaric or Horatian odes. Such irregular odes are odes only in that they share the seriousness and imaginative qualities of traditional odes.

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