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February 5, 2002
It seems the days of the ode have long since passed but the intent behind it is still strong. Entitling odes with the common "An Ode To" shows a lack of inspiration similar to wrapping a special gift with newspaper. Be they people, places, or objects of admiration, an ode must be true to the exaltation and constructed to be as well received through the ears as the object made fit for an ode was to the writer's eyes. For romantic odes, you truly need to show the real romance in the personal discovery rather than repeating perspectives of others.