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An ode is a poem devoted to praising or glorifying something, whether it is a person, building, animal, place, etc. Sometimes the topic can be something that you wouldn’t normally think of glorifying until you’ve read the poem. Take this extract from an ode by Alexander Pope, for example:

How happy he, who free from care

The rage of courts, and noise of towns;

Contented breathes his native air,

In his own grounds.


Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,

Whose flocks supply him with attire,

Whose trees in summer yield him shade,

In winter fire.