Classical Prosody. a kind of lyric poem, invented by Archilochus, in which a long verse is followed by a short one.
the part of a lyric ode following the strophe and antistrophe and composing with them a triadic unit.

Origin of epode

1590–1600; < Latin epōdos < Greek epōidós an aftersong, singing after. See ep-, ode
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Related Words for epode

song, rhyme, poesy, verse, lyric, composition, ballad, sonnet, limerick

Examples from the Web for epode

Historical Examples of epode

  • This ode consists of strophe, epode, antistrophe, and second epode.

    English Verse

    Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.

  • He was also the first to make use of the arrangement of verses called the epode.

  • The shorter line is called an epode, or appendix, to the longer, and it is from this that the collection of poems gets its name.

  • These poems evidently made a success, and Horace returned to the theme in his 17th Epode.


    Theodore Martin

  • The epode, or peroration, fills up the sacred number 7—the symbol always of permanence and repose.

    The Theistic Conception of the World

    B. F. (Benjamin Franklin) Cocker

British Dictionary definitions for epode


noun Greek prosody

the part of a lyric ode that follows the strophe and the antistrophe
a type of lyric poem composed of couplets in which a long line is followed by a shorter one, invented by Archilochus

Word Origin for epode

C16: via Latin from Greek epōidos a singing after, from epaidein to sing after, from aidein to sing
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Word Origin and History for epode

1590s, a kind of lyric poem in which a short line follows a longer one (invented by Archilochus, also used by Horace), from Latin epodos, from Greek epodus "after-song, incantation," from epi "after" (see epi-) + odein "to sing" (see ode).

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