African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology


Poems by African American poets that use the "Ode" form. Odes are defined as lyric poems in an elevated style that celebrate a particular subject.

Lewis Turco, in The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics, indicates that there are three common forms of the Ode, the Pindaric Ode, the English or Keatsian ode (30 lines, with a rhyme scheme of ababcdecde), and the Horatian ode. There are also irregular odes, which could have quite various forms. 

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