The Glory of Glad – INDEX

1) Why keep an Ode Journal?

2) The Ode : an Evolving Form (and my first English Ode)

3) Various perspectives on Gratitude through the Ages

4) How Keats first smoothed the mood of the English Ode; how I first followed my muse in pursuit of his lead (after a hiatus of exactly 200 years)

5) Making a List, Selecting a Topic and Starting to Write an Ode (e.g. my Ode to Books)

6) Expanded Options for your Gratitude Odes (plus my ekphrasis of an ekphrasis of an ekphrasis and my Silver Birch sonnet)

7) Ode Journal as Material Object and Labour of Love : Cards that Care, Craft as Cure and Codex as Conjuration

8) Poetry and the Power of Placebo : Invocation, Incantation and Inspiration

9) Grounding your Genius by Taming your Titan (including an extended digression on the mid-60s creative flowering)

10) A Marriage Made in Heaven : the Remarkable Synthesis of Fasting-Induced Euphoria and Grati-Ode Journaling in a Harmonised Weekly Cycle (including my Ode on Returning Home)

11) Lightening the Load of your Odes : Embracing the Gifts of Thalia

12) A Delicate Dose of Delusion : Completing the Circle by Receiving Reciprocation

The Odes & Sonnets

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