How to write an ode

An ode is a form of poetry such as sonnet or elegy. Ode is a literary technique that is lyrical in nature, but not very lengthy. You have often read odes in which poets praise people, natural scenes, and abstract ideas. Ode is derived from a Greek word aeidein, which means to chant or sing. It is highly solemn and serious in its tone and subject matter, and usually is used with elaborate patterns of stanzas. However, the tone is often formal. A salient feature of ode is its uniform metrical feet, but poets generally do not strictly follow this rule though use highly elevated theme.

Types of Ode

Odes are of three types, including (1) Pindar ode, (2) Horatian ode, and (3) irregular ode.

Pindar Ode

This ode was named after an ancient Greek poet, Pindar, who began writing choral poems that were meant to be sung at public events. It contains three triads; strophe, antistrophe, and final stanza as epode, with irregular rhyme patterns and lengths of lines.

Horatian Ode

The name of this ode was taken from the Latin poet, Horace. Unlike heroic odes of Pindar, Horatian ode is informal, meditative and intimate. These odes dwelled upon interesting subject matters that were simple and were pleasing to the senses. Since Horatian odes are informal in tone, they are devoid of any strict rules.

Irregular Ode

This type of ode is without any formal rhyme scheme, and structure such as the Pindaric ode. Hence, the poet has great freedom and flexibility to try any types of concepts and moods. William Wordsworth and John Keats were such poets who extensively wrote irregular odes, taking advantage of this form.

Short Examples of Odes in Writing

  1. Fragmented drops of rainbow
    Retract, reflect light through clear prisms
    Bend spectrum delights.
  2. Silver shot moon
    Hangs high in the sky
    Radiating light to be reflected.
  3. Rain drops drop down as I reach home,
    Cozy with warm clothes and hot tea,
    No need to move around.
  4. Some days may go desperately
    But every day is there to overcome,
    Struggle to get through them,
    Just to live each day with positivity.
  5. The mist spins through a deep valley
    Moving slowly and giving sights
    Of flowers, slowly it disperses in
    Morning sunlight.
  6. Nature is fantastic as it
    Brings gems that delight every soul.
  7. The sorrow, the pain
    I’ll overcome tomorrow
    Ah! What a joy life brings.
  8. And here beneath the moon,
    And upon eveningward height of earth
    To feel always the arrival of
    Rising of the morning.
  9. It is the morning without
    Damp and dark, without stillness
    Waiting for the day, not for any sounds
    But feeling breeze.
  10. Whatever the new day brings, it brings something new
    Spins rounds, round, and round; and something new.
  11. The Junes are full and free, driving through the roads
    Valleys, and under boldly standing Mays.
  12. I see a new day upon the dew drops laden ground,
    I have awaken to start new a day as I found it
    Beyond the city roads.
  13. Crispy, crispy nights
    Soft, soft ice flakes,
    Stream, cold stream,
    Chimneys breathing
    Rising with a sigh,
    Winter cold winter!
  14. A thought, a wondrous positive thought
    Sparkles in the morning,
    Scattering fragrance everywhere.
  15. Walking down the streets,
    Walking down in the evening,
    Here starts falling down the snow.

Examples of Odes in Literature

Example #1: Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood (By William Wordsworth)

“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore; —”

This is a perfect example of an English Pindaric ode. Just observe the use of different types of meters in each stanza, which have made it easier to read, and made flexible with simple rhyme scheme of ababac.

Example #2: Ode to the Confederate Dead (By Allen Tate)

“Row after row with strict impunity
The headstones yield their names to the element,
The wind whirrs without recollection;
In the riven troughs the splayed leaves
Pile up, of nature the casual sacramen
To the seasonal eternity of death …”

This is an example of Horatian ode, which presents a consistent rhyme scheme. It has no division into triads like Pindar ode, but is less ceremonious, less formal, more tranquil, and better suited for reading. The purpose of using this type of ode is to give vent to pent-up feelings.

Example #3: Ode to the West Wind (By Percy Bysshe Shelley)

“Scatter, as from an unextinguish’d hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawaken’d earth
The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

This presents an example of irregular ode, which employs neither three parts, nor four line stanzas like a Horatian ode. Nevertheless, each stanza of ode is distinct from the other stanzas in rhyme scheme, pattern and length.

Example #4: The Progress of Poesy: A Pindaric Ode (By Thomas Gray)

“A thousand rills their mazy progress take:
Now the rich stream of music winds along
Deep, majestic, smooth, and strong …
Now rolling down the steep amain,
Headlong, impetuous, see it pour:
The rocks and nodding groves rebellow to the roar.”

In the above mentioned ode, the speaker is addressing to poetry that is coming out among from different places to find its echoes in the nature. This is a good example of a true ode.

Example #5: Ode on a Grecian Urn (By John Keats)

“Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme …
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Are sweeter …
Not to the sensual ear, but, more endear’d,
Pipe to the spirit ditties of no tone.”

This ode has a regular and tight structure. Except the final stanza, the first four lines in each stanza follow rhyme scheme of ABAB and the next lines follow CDE or CED. This is one of the most celebrated odes in English literature.

Example #6: Ode to Spring (By Thomas Gray)

“The untaught harmony of spring …
Still is the toiling hand of Care:
The panting herds repose:
Yet hark, how thro’ the peopled air
The busy murmur glows!
Some lightly o’er the current skim,
Some show their gaily-gilded trim
Quick-glancing to the sun.”

This is another good example of an ode. The speaker is talking about the spring season, and praises its beauty, expressing lofty and noble sentiments about it.

Function of Ode

Ode is a form of lyrical poetry, in which poets use a certain metrical pattern and rhyme scheme to express their noble and lofty sentiments in serious and sometimes satirical tone. Since the themes of odes are inspiring and lofty, they have universal appeal. Also, by using sublime and exceptional style, poets endeavor to compose grand and elevated types of odes. Sometimes odes may be humorous, but they are always thoughtful, intended to explore important themes and observations related to human relations, emotions and senses.

An ode is a poem written in tribute to a person, a place, a thing or even an idea. Examples include “Ode to the West Wind” by Percy Bysshe Shelley and “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats. Odes are an approachable poetic form for writers of all levels since they do not have to rhyme, nor do they have to maintain any format for meter or structure. The poem’s theme is what defines it.

Choose Your Subject

The subject of your ode can be anything, ranging from actual items to intangible ideas. One of the most famous odes is William Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.” The only criteria for your ode is that you should be commemorating or offering tribute to the subject or idea. Odes are positive, but they can also take on a more serious and dignified tone beyond simple praise. An ode is written in a single voice, typically from the perspective of the poet.

Write a Horatian Ode

If you choose to adopt a formal structure for your ode, the Horatian ode is the easiest to write. The Horatian ode has a more reflective tone, and is written to be read rather than performed. The only rule for writing a Horatian ode is that it must have repeating stanzas. The format for those stanzas is up to you. Therefore, if you choose a rhyme scheme of abab and a meter of iambic pentameter, you must repeat that rhyme and meter in each stanza you write. You can include as many stanzas as you like, though most odes are at least four stanzas.

Write a Pindaric Ode

The Pindaric ode is a bit more difficult to write because it has a more rigid structure. This style of ode was written to be performed — usually sung by a chorus. A Pindaric ode begins with a strophe, a stanza with two pairs of rhyming lines. The lines do not have to be couplets, so they can have a rhyme scheme like abab or abcb. The stanza is followed by the antistrophe, which has the same meter but a different rhyme scheme. The strophe and antistrophe are known as the “turn” and “counterturn,” and they are also marked by a change in tone. The Pindaric ode ends with the epode, which has a different rhyme pattern and offers a conclusion or moral.

Revise for Language

Once you write the draft of your ode, you can revise it for language. Whether you or not you chose to adopt a formal rhyme scheme or meter, you will need to conform to the language conventions of the ode, which call for dignified language that shows admiration for the subject. Read your poem for content first, ensuring that it shows the importance of your subject, as well as your own appreciation for it. Then eliminate any casual word choice and revise for precision.

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How to write an ode

Writing an ode is a fun task for anyone who wants to exercise both their creativity and their analytical mind. The form follows a prescribed format that anyone—child or adult—can learn.

What Is an Ode?

An ode is a lyric poem that is written to praise a person, event, or object. You may have read or heard of the famous “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats, for example, in which the speaker reflects on images carved into an urn.

The ode is a classical style of poetry, possibly invented by the ancient Greeks from an older form, who sang their odes rather than writing them on paper. Today’s odes are usually rhyming poems with an irregular meter, although rhyme is not required for a poem to be classified as an ode. They are broken into stanzas (the “paragraphs” of poetry) with 10 lines each, typically consisting of three to five stanzas in total.

There are three types of odes: Pindaric, Horatian, and irregular. ​

  • Pindaric odes have three stanzas, two of which have the same structure. It was the style used by the Greek poet Pindar (517–438 BCE). Example: ​“The Progress of Poesy” by Thomas Gray.
  • Horatian odes have more than one stanza, all of which follow the same rhyme structure and meter. The form follows that of the Roman lyric poet Horace (65–8 BCE). Example: “Ode to the Confederate Dead” by Allen Tate.​
  • Irregular odes follow no set pattern or rhyme. Example: “Ode to an Earthquake” by Ram Mehta.

Read a few examples of odes to get a feeling for what they are like before you write your own.

Writing Your Ode: Choosing a Topic

The purpose of an ode is to glorify or exalt something, so you should choose a subject that you are excited about. Think of a person, place, thing, or event that you find truly wonderful and about which you have plenty of positive things to say (although it also might be a fun and challenging exercise to write an ode about something you truly dislike or hate!). Think about how your subject makes you feel and jot down some adjectives. Think about what makes it special or unique. Consider your personal connection to the subject and how it has impacted you. Make note of some descriptive words you can use. What are some specific qualities of your subject?

Choose Your Format

Although a rhyming structure is not an essential component of an ode, most traditional odes do rhyme, and including rhyme in your ode can be a fun challenge. Test out a few different rhyming structures to find one that suits your subject matter and personal writing style. You might start with an ABAB structure, in which the last words of every first and third line rhyme and so do the last word in every second and fourth line—the A lines all rhyme one another, the B lines do the same, and so forth. Or, try out the ABABCDECDE structure used by John Keats in his famous odes.

Structure and Write Your Ode

Once you have an idea for your subject matter and the rhyme structure you want to follow, create an outline of your ode, breaking each part into a new stanza. Try to come up with three or four stanzas that address three or four different aspects of your topic to give your ode structure. For example, if you’re writing an ode to a building, you might devote one stanza to the energy, skill, and planning that went into its construction; another to the building’s appearance; and a third about its use and the activities that go on inside. Once you have an outline, start filling in the ideas using your brainstorm and chosen rhyming structure.

Finalize Your Ode

After you’ve written your ode, step away from it for a few hours or even days. When you return to your ode with fresh eyes, read it out loud and make a note of how it sounds. Are there any word choices that seem out of place? Does it sound smooth and rhythmic? Make any changes, and begin the process again until you are happy with your ode.

Although many traditional odes are titled “Ode to [Subject]”, you can be creative with your title. Choose one that embodies the subject and its meaning to you.

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An ode is a poem that is about one specific thing that you think is truly amazing and praiseworthy. This type of poem can be centered upon a person, an object, or something abstract like a feeling or an idea. Here are some tips to help you get started if you’re interested in learning how to write an ode (and be sure to check out awesome ode examples on Power Poetry!):

  1. Just get emotional.What really makes you emotional, either in a positive or negative way? Think of a person, concept, place or thing that you are deeply connected to. This will be a potential topic for your ode poem. Remember, an ode is focused on the many nuances of a single thing, so make sure that whatever you pick is something that you feel strongly about, so you have enough to write.
  2. If you feel something, say something.When someone brings up the thing you have chosen to write about in conversation, how do you react? Write down what you would say in such a situation, and even more importantly, how you would (or do) feel. You may end up needing many words that have the same definition or meaning, so checking out a thesaurus can be hugely useful. Learning how to write an ode poem is all about digging deep into your emotional and descriptive vocabulary.
  3. Size matters.How long do you want your poem to be? Odes are traditionally very long, and chances are, if you’ve picked a topic you really feel passionately about, you will have a lot to write. Start by splitting up your poem into groups, or stanzas, of ten lines. Many traditional odes have three to five of these stanzas, but if you want to write more, by all means do!
  4. To rhyme or not to rhyme?Do you want your poem to rhyme? Most odes do, and making your ode rhyme would be a fun challenge, but you can also write irregular odes, which don’t have to rhyme or maintain a perfect rhythm. If you do decide to make your ode rhyme, think about how you want to format the rhyme scheme of this poem. You can make every two lines or every other line rhyme. You can also make up your own pattern — just commit to it, and use it in every stanza of your ode poem.
  5. Share your poem! If your ode is written about a particular person, you could give it to them as a gift. You can recite your ode, or put it to music and sing it. Don’t forget to share it with your community here at Power Poetry — post your ode so we know what matters to you!
  6. AND.Don’t forget that your options for how to write an ode are pretty infinite. One of our favorite examples is this: the poet Friedrich Schiller first published his “Ode to Joy” in 1766. Composer Ludwig van Beethoven set it to music in his Ninth Symphony in 1824. Clergyman and author Henry van Dyke wrote the poem “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” in 1907 intending for it to be a hymn sung over the music of Beethoven’s Ninth. And in 1993, that hymn was adapted into a song for a gospel choir and performed by Lauryn Hill in the movie Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. So there you go!

Ready to get started? You can find more topic inspiration and tips on how to write an ode from our action guides, your Fellow Power Poets, and the famous poets and rappers in our Poetry Genome.

How to write an ode

A woman ready to write an ode

Writing an ode can be lots of fun and can really get that creativity flowing; it is a great way to celebrate someone or something that you love. Would you like to know how to write an ode? We have brought together some top tips for you on how to get started with this highly enjoyable and expressive form of poetry.

What is an ode?

An ode is a lyrical poem that is dedicated to someone or something; it is written to praise and/or celebrate a person, event or object. Originating in Ancient Greece, odes were originally sung, but over time they became written works instead. Famous ode poets include John Keats, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Thomas Gray.

What is the formation of an ode?

Modern odes are usually rhyming — although that isn’t a hard rule — and are written with irregular meter. Each stanza has ten lines each, and an ode is usually written with between three and five stanzas.

There are three common ode types: Pindaric, Horatian, and irregular. Pindaric odes have three stanzas, two of which are written in the same structure. Horatian odes have more than one stanza, all of which follow the same structure. Irregular odes, as the name suggests, follow no set pattern.

Odes often feature similes, metaphors and sometimes hyperbole to aid the expression of how inspired the subject makes the author feel.

How to write an ode

Odes are wonderfully uplifting to read

Choose a topic for your ode

Think of something you are passionate about — whether that’s your pet dog, your favourite football team, or a season of the year. Make sure your subject is something you have plenty to say about. What adjectives come to mind when you think of your chosen subject? Think about how it makes you feel, how you interact with it, and the impact it has on you. Make lots of notes on all of these thoughts, and consider qualities that are specific to the subject matter too.

Choose a structure for your ode

Will you choose Pindaric, Horatian or another structure altogether?

When it comes to the overall structure of your ode, I’d recommend looking through your notes on your chosen topic and seeing where natural grouping occurs. For example, an ode to a football club might naturally separate into four stanzas; one for the past, one for the present, one for a recent game, and one for the future of the club. An ode to your cat might work best as three stanzas; one for the life he/she had before you adopted them, one for life now and a recent incident, and one for the future you will have together.

Your ode doesn’t have to rhyme but if you would like it to, it’s time to think about which rhyming format would best suit your poem. Play around with various formats until you find the perfect one for your particular ode. You could start out with an ABAB rhyming plan and see where you go from there.

Get writing

Once you have made all of the decisions above, it’s time to write and rewrite your ode until you have produced a poem that’s written in stanzas and has a rhyming format (if you want it to). Once you feel you have done all you can, leave it for a day or so and return to it for some fine-tuning. Once it sounds smooth and rhythmic, your job is done. Think of a suitable title, and your ode is complete. Many odes are entitled An Ode to [subject] or Ode to [subject], but you can realistically name yours whatever you like.

An example of an ode

How to write an ode

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The below poem is entitled Ode to Autumn and was written by John Keats, who experimented with many different rhyming structures. I have highlighted the rhyming pattern in brackets at the end of every line.

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, (A)
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; (B)
Conspiring with him how to load and bless (A)
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run; (B)
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees, (C)
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; (D)
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells (E)
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more, (D)
And still more, later flowers for the bees, (C)
Until they think warm days will never cease, (C)
For Summer has o’er-brimmed their clammy cell. (E)

Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store? (A)
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find (B)
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor, (A)
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind; (B)
Or on a half-reaped furrow sound asleep, (C)
Drowsed with the fume of poppies, while thy hook (D)
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers; (E)
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep (C)
Steady thy laden head across a brook; (D)
Or by a cider-press, with patient look, (D)
Thou watchest the last oozings, hours by hours. (E)

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? (A)
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,— (B)
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day, (A)
And touch the stubble-plains with rosy hue; (B)
Then in a wailful choir, the small gnats mourn (C)
Among the river sallows, borne aloft (D)
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies; (E)
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn; (C)
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft (D)
The redbreast whistles from a garden-croft, (D)
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies. (E)

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Looking for a form to help you express some intense emotions? Consider dusting off the classic ode and giving it a modern twist! Imaginative, emotional, and dignified, the ode is an open invitation to show gratitude, grieve, or even make a clever point. The most common rhyme scheme for English odes was ABABCDECDE, but today, odes come in many schemes and sizes. So if you’re trying out an ode for the first time, or want to take the classic form in a new direction, check out these six tips for writing the modern ode.

First, let your emotions in. Allow yourself to react to the things that float through your mind, whether they’re objects in the room, memories, or ideas. Remember that a modern ode doesn’t have to be about something or someone you love. You can also use an ode to unpack an idea or topic that you don’t like—so long as you meditate on the nuances of that thing and use them to write your poem. John Keats’ “ Ode on Melancholy ” is a prime example of this.

Next, narrow down your thoughts. Choose a few ideas that strike a particular chord with you, then begin imagining the many facets of them. Which ideas seem to open up the most avenues? Which can you draw the most material from? It could be an emotion as all-encompassing as melancholy, or an object as simple as a shoelace. Pedro Pietri’s “ Ode to a Grasshopper ” is a great example of how poets can take something small and understated, and turn it into a meditation on something much larger.

Once you’ve settled on a topic, choose your angle. Whether you have positive, negative, or mixed feelings towards your chosen topic, it’s important that you have a strong angel to work with. No matter what you choose to write about, make sure it means something personal to you. In “ Home Movies: A Sort of Ode ,” poet Mary Jo Salter writes about her father’s use of the video camera. The imagery of birthday candles, sunsets, and aging film give this ode a nostalgic filter that feels deeply personal yet familiar.

Next, put pen to paper. Once your creative juices are flowing, just go with it. Don’t worry about form, meter, stanzas, or rhyme just yet. Allow yourself to write down as much as you can about the topic you’ve chosen. Your words may flow out in a poem-like structure, but don’t fret if they don’t. You can sort it out later.

Once you’ve exhausted your creative flow (and perhaps cramped your hand), you can begin sorting through what you’ve written. See what you can rephrase, reorganize, and rethink to give the poem a bit more structure—narratively and rhythmically. Compare Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “ Ode to Beauty ” with Marcus Wicker’s “ Ode to Browsing the Web .” While Emerson’s poem follows a traditional rhyming structure, has short lines, and is longer overall, Wicker’s poem is built of lines of two, does not rhyme, and offers a quicker, more frantic pace. Neither style is more correct than the other, but both provide a tone that supports the narrative.

Finally, you can work out the details. Once you’ve got some structure to work with, you can zero in on the smaller things like word choice. These final tweaks will help you nail down what you want to say and the feeling you want to convey, just be sure to keep the idea of the ode in mind.

Don’t get lost in the details and lose sight of the big picture. Be sure to bring it back to the topic at hand. Keeping an ode focused can be challenging, but it’s also a great opportunity to unpack ideas you might normally breeze past. And no matter what, remember to enjoy the process. Writing an ode is a chance to meditate, get to know yourself, and share how you feel.

How to Write an Ode

The classical ode has an extremely intricate structure of meter and stanzas, far more complicated than other poetic forms such as the sonnet or sestina – and more than could be explained in a short article. If you want to write a classical ode, do some independent research or ask your English teacher if he or she knows the rules (be aware, though, that most teachers don’t – that’s how complicated and obscure this form is!)

Odes in the broader sense are much simpler to write, although it still takes plenty of thought and creativity to write them well! Here are a few tips for writing a successful ode:

  • Be specific. Avoid general terms like “good” or “excellent” and focus on the particulars of the person or thing that you want to praise.
  • Be honest. A little exaggeration (or “hyperbole”) here and there is OK, but you don’t want your ode to sound ridiculous – it should be believable and true to the facts, but portray these facts in the best possible light.
  • Above all, be heartfelt. Heartfelt praise can be recognized from a mile away. Conversely, if your praise is forced, audiences will be able to recognize that too. Let the praise spring from a genuine sense of reverence and respect, or don’t write it at all.

When to Use Odes

Odes are generally an appropriate form of creative writing, but note that they are inherently biased. It’s impossible to write a neutral, impartial ode. That means you should avoid writing an ode in formal essays and any other context where you want the reader to see you as a fair-minded, neutral observer.

In addition, there are plenty of contexts where you might not want to be neutral, but you also don’t want to be seen as completely biased. For example, if you were writing an essay in favor of President Ronald Reagan, it would be appropriate to praise Reagan’s record and decisions. But it would still be inappropriate to write an ode, since this would be too imbalanced for an essay.

I love that Bruce Lansky and Kenn Nesbitt both have kid-friendly and teacher-friendly websites, too! Bruce Lansky’s Giggle Poetry website is extremely engaging. One of my favorite sections of this site is the “Read and Rate section”. I haven’t spent quite as much time on Kenn Nesbitt’s Poetry4Kids website, but it looks equally amazing. It contains a section called “Poems by Reading Level”. Both websites include outstanding poetry lesson ideas, too! Having students spend time reading and rating poems on these websites can be very fun on those last few days of the school year, when you feel like you are running out of options for things to do.

The day where we get to write odes is one of my favorite days within my poetry unit. Therefore, I decided to share a free lesson with you today. Feel free to download the printables near the end of this post and do this with your own students.

I begin by introducing odes to students. (Personally, I use slides 39-45 of my Poetry PowerPoint to do this, but you could easily recopy these ideas on chart paper if you don’t own the PowerPoint.)

Since I don’t have my own classroom, I asked my fifth grade daughter to test out this lesson for me. She has always had an affinity for bacon (it actually may be more of an obsession. ), so I should not have been surprised when she immediately chose bacon as her topic. I can honestly say that she had a ton of fun working through the brainstorming sheet (we laughed a lot!), and when it came time to write her rough draft, she whipped it out in about three minutes. She and I were both very proud of her final copy!

Kayla’s brainstorming sheet
Her published copy and illustration!

I would love for you to try this in your own classroom and let me know if your students have as much fun writing their odes as my daughter did! Email me or leave a comment below. If you are so inclined, send me a few photos of finished products! I would love to add a few more student sample photos to this post!

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