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Bits of old verse periodically appearing as part of today's theme (4)


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'bits of old verse' is the definition.
'odes' can be an answer for 'verse' (I've seen this before). I am not certain of the 'bits of old' bit.

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(Other definitions for odes that I've seen before include "Works by Pindar", "Verses", "Lays", "poetry", "Lines".)

I've seen this clue in Independent.