Comedian and actor Stephen Fryas 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
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. Fryas 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 weave
heard of but never read. "The Ode Less Travelled" is not just the
survey course you never took in college, itas 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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