The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
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 WithinUser Review - Alfred Yun - Goodreads
It was truly a joy to learn poetry; especially, through Fry's delightful prose. I decided to purchase this book. I recommend it for anyone who's interested but unfamiliar with prosody. Read full review
Review: The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet WithinUser Review - Facundo Martin - Goodreads
The Ode Less Travelled is not for the initiated. In fact, on its back cover it proudly quotes the Independent saying it's 'an idiots' guide to the writing of poetry'. But if you're interested in good ... Read full review
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