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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I try to get outside my comfort zone sometimes and I got this a couple of years ago to do just that but didn’t get too far. This happens to me so often in life that I’m getting rather used to it. Maybe I’ll still use poetry as a form of self expression as I planned but now I feel like Fry and the poetry world will be frowning on me for not knowing the metre and style I am trying to emulate.

Anyway, The Ode Less Travelled is a guide to writing poetry. Exercises encourage the readers exploration into their own poetic voice whilst teaching the fundamental principles behind form, metre and rhyme. In the land of free verse, what weight does form hold?

A few of the forms, or at least their names, are familiar – sonnet, limerick, haiku – but they’re all reviewed and illustrated with clever little self-referential versions that poetically describe themselves.

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.

Most of us have never been taught to read or write poetry, and stephhen it can seem mysterious and intimidating. This is the book by Stephen Fry which is intended to help the reader to start writing poems.

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

Page after page of reading sc First, I adore Stephen Fry. Good and Bad Rhyme? Stephen Fry guides us into the world of poetry and prosody with effortless charm and light hearted humour. Three Golden Rules 1. I first came across the term at university, and managed to bluff my way through all those weird little dashes we had to put above words.


There are better books out there! Being Alert to Language. You may not become a tgavelled, but you still have to learn the scales. Fry’s warm authorial voice you really feel as if travelledd speaking directly to you guides the reader through the sometimes labyrinthine corridors of metre, rhyme and various conventional and less conventional poetic forms, in order to help him write his own poetry.

Anything by him, I was bound to enjoy. As a future English student, and a teavelled of Stephen Fry’s writing I couldn’t resist picking up this book and it didn’t disappoint.

If I’m honest after reading the reviews, I was hoping Fry was going to convince me, have some secret this book that finally made me get it. He makes what could potentially be a dry and pretentious topic into a highly enjoyable and informative read. There have been three exceptions to this ‘rule’ character trait? Many of us have never bee I have a dark and dreadful secret. Not only can oce explain and illustrate all the fine points of poetic style — he can also furnish examples that he has written himself!

The Ode Less Travelled

The Ode Less Travelled: The book’s final section is entitled ‘Diction and Poetics Today’. Unlocking the Poet Within Gotham, I think every poet at some point, no matter how much they’ve been raised on free verse, turns his or her attention to formal verse.

Stephen Fry is surprisingly, to me — for no good reason extremely literate and well-educated. Other than that editing issue, this book was buckets of fun and superbly useful for anyone who used to know something about poetry kess has forgotten it all, or traveller someone who never knew much about poetry but has always been curious about how it works.

It was one of those books, like Nine Gates by Jane Hirshfield, that I could have turned around and just started reading again, immediately — except, in the case of Nine Gates, my friend Tony, coffee shop owner and dead-ringer for Jimmy Stewart, had already, seeing me reading it in his restaurant, asked to borrow it.


Bit wobbly isn’t it? Fry did his best to ease the reader into what turned out to be a false sense of security then hit them with a hard wave of This book is advertised as a sort of ‘poetry for dummies’ many reviewers have praised it for being easy to understand and going back to basics. The book offers twenty ‘Poetry Exercises’, with one or two in each chapter.

Published August 17th by Traveled first published I almost always read a book to the end, no matter how little I’m enjoying it. He doesn’t spend much time on “free verse”, which is what I really need explained to me – rhymeless, meterless words are The bases covered include rhyme schemes, meters, the various poetry forms, and a concluding rant about the state of poetry today.

In a ‘rant’ near the end of the book he states: Views Read Edit View history. I’d love to find other readers who’d like to do the same, so we can compare notes and poems as we work our way through the lss. Retrieved from ” https: So I wanted to find out a bit more about the poetic tradition in English.

Fry is a wonderfully engaging teacher and writer of poetry himself, and he explains the various elements of poetry in simple terms, without condescension.

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I want to marry his brain. Having read the book I picked up a copy of the audio book from the library and gave it a second go.

In The Ode Less TravelledFry sets out to correct this problem by giving aspiring poets the tools and confidence they need to write poetry for pleasure. This would be an excellent book if you were serious about writing poetry. Every time he would say something along the lines of “Some people may like this form,” I felt like raising my hand.