Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Photo credit: amazing_podgirl

Photo credit: amazing_podgirl

Odes were originally a form of Greek lyrical poetry composed to honor important people, places and events and were accompanied by music. (More about the history of the ode) Over the years, poets have adapted the form by writing odes to more commonplace items. Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet, published a number of these types of odes. Today in class we read Ode to My Socks, Ode to a Tomato, and Ode to the Storm. After we read and discussed the odes, students drew objects out of a bag and composed odes to them. You can read some of their poems here.

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