The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

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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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Superb introduction to poetry. - Goodreads
This is great fun and very educational. - Goodreads
The exercises are like yoga for your writing mind..... - Goodreads

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This is a great reference for anyone interested in the writing/teaching of poetry- It has a bit of everything. PopSugar Challenge 2015: A non-fiction book (x) Read full review

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An excellent insight into the poetic fantasy of one of our most respected English actors. With consummate skill, the erudite Stephen Fry in his own inimitable manner, explains the full range of poetry ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Stephen Fry was born in London in 1957 and educated at Stout's Hill, Uppingham, and Queens' College, Cambridge. At Cambridge he joined the Footlights, where he first met Hugh Laurie. He has numerous television appearances to his credit, most notably, "A Bit of Fry and Laurie", "Jeeves and Wooster", "Blackadder", "QI", and "House". Major film roles include Peter in "Peter's Friends" (1990) and Oscar Wilde in "Wilde" (1997); in the realm of television, his critically acclaimed "The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive" won an Emmy. He is the author of the best selling novels "The Liar", "The Hippopotamus", "Making History", and "Revenge: A Novel", as well as the highly acclaimed autobiography "Moab Is My Washpot" and, in 2005, a well-received guide to writing poetry, "The Ode Less Travelled".

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