The Ode Less Travelled has ratings and reviews. Paul said: I’m a compulsive book finisher. I almost always read a book to the end, no matter ho. Buy The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within New Ed by Stephen Fry ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and. 20 Nov Ahow-to manual for would-be versifiers, The Ode Less Travelled will For Stephen Fry, too many of them “default to a rather inward, placid and.

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Fry illustrates the concepts with his poems specifically written for this. Feb 05, Ploppy tsephen it really liked it Shelves: The Ode Less Travelled is not just the survey course you never took in college, it?

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This page was last edited on 24 Juneat Stephen Fry believes that if one can speak and read English, one can write poetry. Someone writing a book about poetry ought to be able to spot an obvious functional ambiguity. This is definitely one of the latter, BUT I still found it to shephen an excellent introduction on how to read different forms.

Rhyming Practice and Rhyming Dictionaries. And after reading about all the different kinds of poetry and what makes them tick, I feel I now understand poetry, and I won’t have to sit there anymore in puzzlement wondering why this poem is considered so great when the rhythm is all wrong, or why this poem is a masterpiece even though some of the “rhymes” are way off base.

Like I said, it’s almost certainly me What Fry writes himself is probably 2 stars for me, the extract of great poems were probably my favourite part and manage to bring it up to the 3.

I just would like to appreciate it more and for me this book travel,ed very dull and pedantic. In The Ode Less Travelledhe invites readers to discover the delights of writing poetry for pleasure and provides the tools and confidence to get started.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And he gets into such technicalities! His dry yet affable British wit shines through in his teachings about how poetry works, and in the examples he uses for demonstrations, both positive and negative.


The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry

But you will unlock the stored wisdom of the form itself. If I was asked I’d have probably said that a villanelle was a female pickpocket. It is a humorous, charming introduction into the formal prosody talking about metre, rhy This is the book by Stephen Fry which is intended to help the reader to start writing poems.

It’s a work book too, with exercises set at the end lless each chapter to make sure the reader is paying attention.

The Ode Less Travelled

In fact, he keeps encouraging the reader not to be afraid to try odw complex forms, saying you can surely do better than he did. It left me lost and bewildered.

Dec 30, Lisa Bower rated it it was ok. If this book has taught me anything, it’s that I am definitely NOT a poet. I casually picked this little gem up in the local library, and now I’m very tempted to aquire my own copy, to keep at hand, such is the wealth of information contained within. Read it Forward Read it first.

This is certainly not what I would describe as ‘easy’ to understand or to follow.

Aug 16, Pages Buy. Being Alert to Language. On prosody, he is, for the most part, spot traveelled. Having read the book I picked up a copy of the audio book from the library and gave it a second go.

Unlocking the Poet Within by Stephen Fry. If you’re a lover of words, of language particularly, though not necessarily exclusively, of the Oce languagethen you will at least appreciate this book, and probably love it as much as I did, even if you never end up writing a I loved this book.

It is a humorous, charming introduction into the formal prosody talking about metre, rhyme, stansas and layouts. I believe we are all capable of it and furthermore that a small, often ignored corner of us positively yearns to try it. A most entertaining and informative guide to harnessing the creative powers to poetic expression, using the age-old techniques of iambic pentameter, etc.


I liked his lines on how nobody would give someone a piano and ask them to “express themselves” by hitting random keys. I’ve always felt like it was within my grasp but never quite there.

The Pantoum, The Ballade. Published August 17th by Gotham first published This may be trxvelled only book I’ve ever listened to that I’m planning to go back to. Stephen Fry is surprisingly, to me — for no good reason extremely literate and well-educated.

Took me a long time to read this book; it’s a very well written scholarly work and i thoroughly enjoyed it. Open Preview See a Problem?

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It may have been down to not having the time to do the exercises contained within it but not wanting to just skip over them. It would be like trying to paint a picture without knowing anything about the wheel of colours, how paints mix, what kind of brushstrokes have what kind of effect, and so on.

Aspiring poets will learn to write a sonnet, on ode, a villanelle, a ballad, and a haiku, among others. This poetry -related article is a stub. The book offers twenty ‘Poetry Exercises’, with one or two in each chapter. There may be better books on this subj I love Etephen Fry, and to me, he can do no wrong. Diction and Poetics Today I.

Do not take it as gospel as the theory is patchy and in some cases incorrect.

I suspect I would enjoy it as well. He prefers form, but feels that thr poet should experiment and branch out of his comfort zone. View all 5 comments. The Ode Less Travelled is a lively celebration of poetry that makes even the most reluctant reader want to pick up a pencil and give it a try. Refresh and try again.