The Ode Less Travelled: A guide to writing poetry (Paperback)Stephen Fry (author)
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.
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 266 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
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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