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Extra Credit ‘Ode to Metallurgy’

For some extra credit points you can compose an ‘Ode to Metallurgy’ and recite it (or have someone else recite it) on Metallurgy Day. Your ode should have at least TWO STANZAS about metallurgy in some way and conform to the Burns Stanza form (below).

An English ode is a lyrical stanza in praise of, or dedicated to someone or something that captures the poet’s interest or serves as an inspiration for the ode. The English ode’s most common rhyme scheme is ABABCDECDE, but we are going with the ‘Burns Stanza’ named after the Scottish Poet Robert Burns.The stanza is six lines in length and has the following rhyme scheme: AAABAB .

Here’s an example from Burns’ “Address to the Deil” (Address to the Devil): the AAABAB rhyme scheme is repeated once:

(A)      O THOU! whatever title suit thee

(A)   —Auld Hornie, Satan, Nick, or Clootie,

(A)   Wha in yon cavern grim an’ sootie,

(B)            Clos’d under hatches,

(A)    Spairges about the brunstane cootie,

(B)            To scaud poor wretches!


(A)    Hear me, auld Hangie, for a wee,

(A)     An’ let poor damned bodies be;

(A)    I’m sure sma’ pleasure it can gie,

(B)              Ev’n to a deil,

(A)    To skelp an’ scaud poor dogs like me,

(B)             An’ hear us squeel!