The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 17, 2006 - Reference - 384 pages
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Comedian and actor Stephen Fry?s witty and practical guide, now in paperback, gives the aspiring poet or student the tools and confidence to write and understand poetry.

Stephen Fry believes that if one can speak and read English, one can write poetry. In The Ode Less Travelled, he invites readers to discover the delights of writing poetry for pleasure and provides the tools and confidence to get started. Through enjoyable exercises, witty insights, and simple step-by-step advice, Fry introduces the concepts of Metre, Rhyme, Form, Diction, and Poetics.

Most of us have never been taught to read or write poetry, and so it can seem mysterious and intimidating. But Fry, a wonderfully competent, engaging teacher and a writer of poetry himself, sets out to correct this problem by explaining the various elements of poetry in simple terms, without condescension. Fry?s method works, and his enthusiasm is contagious as he explores different forms of poetry: the haiku, the ballad, the villanelle, and the sonnet, among many others. Along the way, he introduces us to poets we?ve heard of but never read. The Ode Less Travelled is not just the survey course you never took in college, it?s a lively celebration of poetry that makes even the most reluctant reader want to pick up a pencil and give it a try.


  

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Review: The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

User Review  - Rhomboid Goatcabin - Goodreads

The single best book available for the aspiring poet. I simply cannot state in prose or verse how much this book has given to me. Even should you have no intention of composing poetry yourself, Ode ... Read full review

Review: The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

User Review  - Tim Murray - Goodreads

This would be an excellent book if you were serious about writing poetry. I'm not. I just would like to appreciate it more and for me this book was very dull and pedantic. I can sum up the ... Read full review

Contents

Also by Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
Table of Contents
Foreword
How to Read this Book
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
Incomplete Glossary of Poetic Terms
APPENDIX
Acknowledgements
Further Reading

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About the author (2006)

Stephen Fry is a bestselling novelist, comedian, and actor who has appeared in such films as A Fish Called Wanda, Wilde, A Civil Action, Bright Young Things, Gosford Park, and V for Vendetta.

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