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1. A lyric poem characterized by distichs formed by a long line followed by a shorter one.
2. The third division of the triad of a Pindaric ode, having a different or contrasting form from that of the strophe and antistrophe.
3. The part of a choral ode in classical Greek drama following the strophe and antistrophe and sung while the chorus is standing still.

[Latin epōdos, a type of lyric poem, from Greek epōidos, sung after, from epaeidein, epāidein, to sing after : epi-, epi- + aeidein, to sing; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Poetry) the part of a lyric ode that follows the strophe and the antistrophe
2. (Poetry) a type of lyric poem composed of couplets in which a long line is followed by a shorter one, invented by Archilochus
[C16: via Latin from Greek epōidos a singing after, from epaidein to sing after, from aidein to sing]
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(ˈɛp oʊd)

1. a classical lyric poem in which a long line is followed by a short one.
2. the part of an ode following the strophe and the antistrophe.
[1590–1600; < Latin epōdos < Greek epōidós; see ep-, ode]
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References in classic literature ?
In each set of three the first stanza is called the strophe (turn), being intended, probably, for chanting as the chorus moved in one direction; the second stanza is called the antistrophe, chanted as the chorus executed a second, contrasting, movement; and the third stanza the epode, chanted as the chorus stood still.
(Epode) Such ills not I alone, He too our guest hath known, E'en as some headland on an iron-bound shore, Lashed by the wintry blasts and surge's roar, So is he buffeted on every side By drear misfortune's whelming tide, By every wind of heaven o'erborne Some from the sunset, some from orient morn, Some from the noonday glow.
Horace, Odes Book 1, 3.12-14, 7.31, 11.8, 24.1, 34.1; Odes Book 3, 1.1, 2.13, 13, 30.1, 6-7; Epistle 1,10.24-25; The Art of Poetry 5; Epode 2.1; Satires Book 1, 1.95, 3.1; cf.
Na fotografia, a informacao esta na superficie epode ser reproduzida noutras superficies (Flusser, 1999:68).
Could I revive within me Her symphony and song, (37-43) Those echoes cast doubt on the claim that "[i]n the eighteen-line coda, the poet solves the equation he has set up." (40) For whereas the stand or epode generally resolves a Pindaric Ode through its introduction of a new meter, the third strophe of Coleridge's poem rather signals a retreat to something like the iambic tetrameter, with its ghost of ballad, that we witnessed in the poem's opening.
Hopkins ends his adaptation by adding new voices in an epode: the chorus chief and the half choruses and the chorus, mourning the death of Eros.
Others like EPODE ('Ensemble Prevenons l'Obesite Des Enfants'), engaged municipal actors from social and commercial sectors in promoting healthy lifestyles and environment, including but not limited to food, have spread in a franchiselike mode around the world.
In Dryden's version of Horace's Epode 2 (1685), the husbandman's wife provides 'wine to drive away the cold, | And unbought dainties of the poor' which are preferable even to oysters and turbot.
In Horace's Fifth Epode, the wicked saga Canidia, (31) accompanied by her partners in crime Sagana, Folia, and Veia, bury a kidnapped boy up to his chin to let him die from starvation and, eventually, to collect his marrow and liver in order to concoct an all-powerful love-potion.
Is that an ode to Hamilton without describing the Bank of the United States, Is a lot like an epode to Newton without explaining gravity.