Quite a departure from the classical odes of antiquity: Ode to Beauty...Ode to Grecian Urn...Ode to Aphrodite, etc.
Our task, after reading and discussing Neruda's Ode to an Apple, was to write our own irregular ode:
- choose an everyday object that you adore
- exaggerate its admirable qualities
- specificity of description is important
- praise, praise, praise to the extreme
- incorporate sensory imagery
My kids have had great fun writing things like Ode to Salt, Ode to My Elementary School Cubby, and Ode to Sweaters. Our poems have taken on a fun, silly, slant. Ultimately, the challenge, as I told them, was to try to write with adoration. As we learned, simply describing the salty-sweet caramel may not be enough. In order to elevate our writing so that the reader understands how much we adore this common thing, we found three things help: simile, metaphor, and allusion.
Here is the poem I developed alongside of them as they wrote theirs: Ode to the Cupcake Pan.
My dramatic reading was probably worth a modest admission.