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1. Concept and origins

With the elegy and the hymn, the ode was one of the most important early modern lyric genres based on ancient models (Antiquity, reception of 4.6.). It was usually written in an elevated tone, with a particular claim of artistry. Two main literary forms are distinguished: (1) the Horatian ode modeled on the works of the Roman poet Horace (Q. Horatius Flaccus, who himself drew on the Greek examples of Alcaeus, Asclep…

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Burdorf, Dieter, “Ode”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024927>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721

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