The Ode Less Travelled: A guide to writing poetry (Paperback)
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The Ode Less Travelled: A guide to writing poetry (Paperback)

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Published: 06/09/2007
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If you can speak and read English, you can write poetry.

The trick is knowing where to start. Stephen Fry, 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.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099509349
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm


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Fry's extraordinary book is an idiots' guide to the writing of poetry, a primer, a tutorial with funny turns, an earnest textbook... You can't but marvel at Fry's easy familiarity with the rictameter and the rondeau redoublé and applaud the energy of his evangelistic zeal - Independent on Sunday

With his usual wit and occasional obscenity, he takes us through an array of metrical forms and poetic structures, talking to us like a cajoling hearty teacher - Sunday Telegraph

Intelligent and informative, a worthy enterprise well executed - Observer

A smart, sane and entertaining return to basics - Daily Telegraph

Funny and instructive - Spectator

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“Complex? It's True, but a Great overview”

I'm a big fan of Stephen Fry.
Try as I might though, I can't say why.
One reason I suppose is that his Delight's are so short,
Two CD's are the limit of my train of thought!

When I bought this, I... More

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“The best gift I've been given in a long time.”

Technically, I was given the hardback copy for my birthday, but I find the paperback much easier to scribble in. (I know, I know, it is a horrible crime, but you have to tick a box at the start agreeing that you... More

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