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  • Highly formal, ceremonious, and complex lyric poems that display strong feeling.

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    • Odes
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    • found: The Princeton encyclopedia of poetry and poetics, c2012(ode: in mod. usage, the term for the most formal, ceremonious, and complexly organized form of lyric poetry, usually of considerable length. The serious tone of the ode calls for the use of a heightened diction and enrichment by poetic device, but this lays it open, more readily than any other lyric form, to burlesque)
    • found: Myers, J. Dictionary of poetic terms, c2003(ode: Pindaric ode tends toward occasional verse; Horatian ode tends to be more meditative and personal; Cowleyan, or irregular ode, is a loose form close to the lyric in its personal and emotional nature and the most common type of ode in English. Typically the ode in its various forms is thought of as a long lyrical poem displaying emotion)
    • found: Merriam-Webster online, July 23, 2013(ode: a lyric poem usually marked by exaltation of feeling and style, varying length of line, and complexity of stanza forms)
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    • Highly formal, ceremonious, and complex lyric poems that display strong feeling.
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