Cowleyan or Irregular Ode

Cowleyan Ode

Type: Structure, Other Requirement
Description: Also known as the irregular ode, it has any number of stanzas, all structured, but none alike.
Attributed to: Abraham Cowley
Origin: English
Schematic: Varies
Status: Incomplete

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Other Odes: Aeolic OdeAnacreontic OdeChoral Ode or Pindaric Ode or Dorian OdeCowleyan Ode or Irregular OdeHoratian OdeKeatsian or English Ode, RonsardianOde
Thematic Odes:
Elegy, Obsequy, Threnody Ode
Elemental Ode
Genethliacum Ode
Encomium or Coronation Ode
Epithalamion or Epithalamium and Protholathiumis
Palinode Ode
Panegyric or Paean
Triumphal Ode
Occasional Verse

An Ode to Optimism (Cowelyan or Irregular Ode)

There are things we know that we wish weren’t so
and we face them every day.
Hard rains that fall and the winds that blow
that might sweep our crops away.

A mate or a child who is hurt or is sick
and help is delayed and we stand all alone.
Yet standing we are through the thin and the thick
and always we’re grateful for love that we’re shown.

The toughest times and darkest night
in retrospect were but a test
that let’s us see all that is right
that everything is for the best.

© Lawrencealot – August 16, 2014

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