|1.||the part of a lyric ode that follows the strophe and the antistrophe|
|2.||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]|
a verse form composed of two lines differing in construction and often in metre, the second shorter than the first. In Greek lyric odes, an epode is the third part of the three-part structure of the poem, following the strophe and the antistrophe. The word is from the Greek epoidos, "sung" or "said after."
Learn more about epode with a free trial on Britannica.com.