The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry

The Ode Less Travelled

By Stephen Fry

  • Release Date: 2010-07-06
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
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Description

Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled provides us with a witty and entertaining guide to the mysteries of writing poetry..

Stephen Fry believes that if you can speak and read English you can write poetry. But it is no fun if you don't know where to start or have been led to believe that Anything Goes.

Stephen, who has long written poems, and indeed has written long poems, for his own private pleasure, invites you to discover the incomparable delights of metre, rhyme and verse forms.
Whether you want to write a Petrarchan sonnet for your lover's birthday, an epithalamion for your sister's wedding or a villanelle excoriating the government's housing policy, The Ode Less Travelled will give you the tools and the confidence to do so.

Brimful of enjoyable exercises, witty insights and simple step-by-step advice, The Ode Less Travelled guides the reader towards mastery and confidence in the Mother of the Arts.

Reviews

  • Fun but obnoxious

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    By TaymazValley
    I like poetry, I studied poetry, I write poetry so I thought I would love this book, alas it wasn't the case. Mr Fry is very funny but after a while he becomes condescending. At one point he makes an obnoxious remark on how Rap cannot be considered good poetry, and even though I hate Rap, I still think he is in no position to tell me what is good or bad, I like to make my own judgement on it. All in all a fun read, but be warned: you might feel like you're back at school with that teacher who thought he knows it all.

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