ODE is the name of Lyric Poetry, by the ancient Greeks. This poetry was giving praise and was glorifying great events at those days, like Pindar, the ancient poet, did. He wrote the Ode to the Winners of the Olympic Games. Much later, the German poet Friedrich Schiller wrote the Ode to Joy (an die Freude), and was set to music by Ludwig van Beethoven, in 1842. Later, the same was done by Franz Schubert. In our days the Ode to Joy is the official hymn of the European Community.