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Ode to the XXX Olympiad by Armand D'Angour - Audio

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How does a city, hosting the modern Olympics, do something special for their games? 

The people of Beijing produced opening and closing ceremonies which were simply spectacular.  Four years later, London had its special moments.

One of those moments was characterized by a Pindaric Ode.

For a time, during the ancient Olympics, special poems celebrated the prowess of the winners.  Written by a professional poet named Pindar, the lyrical works were often commissioned by the victors themselves, or their families.

For the 2012 games - the 30th Olympiad - an Olympic ode once again took center stage. 

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, commissioned Oxford professor, Dr. Armand D'Angour, to write a special poem for the 30th Olympiad.  In this audio clip, the Pindaric Ode is read by Carole Bos (creator of AwesomeStories).

The following is the English version of the ode (which was also written in ancient Greek).  It metaphorically references real people, including Usain Bolt (see the 4th verse) and Lord Sebastian Coe (see the 6th verse).

 

This new Olympic flame behold, 
that once burned bright in Greece of old; 
With happy hearts receive once more 
these Games revived on London's shore.

Praise rival teams, in sport allied, 
as athletes stream from far and wide; 
The poet too must take the road 
conveying praise to victory owed.

Millions of watchers will embrace 
the passion of each close-run race, 
The efforts of the rowing teams 
and gymnasts balancing on beams.

They will observe with rapt delight 
the archer draw his bowstring tight, 
The skillful rider guide her horse, 
and lightning bolt around the course.

The pipes will play, the drum resound, 
as medallists are daily crowned; 
The crowd's hurrah will reach the skies 
when victors hoist the golden prize.

Now welcome to this sea-girt land, 
with London's Mayor and co. at hand. 
Good luck to all who strive to win: 
applaud, and let the Games begin!

By Dr. Armand D'Angour
Commissioned for the 2012 London Games

 

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Media Credits

Poem in honor of the 30th Olympiad, written by Dr. Armand D'Angour.  Read, in this audio clip, by Carole Bos (creator of Awesome Stories).

 

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