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The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within [Paperback]

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Pages   357
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Gotham
Age  18
ISBN  1592403115  
EAN  9781592403110  

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Comedian and actor Stephen FryA's 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 Poetics.

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. FryA's 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 weA've heard of but never read. The Ode Less Travelled is not just the survey course you never took in college, itA's 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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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen Fry is a bestselling novelist, comedian, and actor who has appeared in such films as A Fish Called Wanda, Wilde, A Civil Action, Bright Young Things, Gosford Park, and V for Vendetta.

Stephen Fry was born in 1957.

Stephen Fry has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Paddington

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A gem  Nov 25, 2008
I have added Stephen Fry's book to my basket because I admire his sense of humor and his vivacious personality, and because I was looking for a book to help me reconnect with poetry.
I must say this book did so admirably. It is an excellent, not intimidating approach, with a lovely selection of tools, by a person who appreciates the beauty in life.
It feels like having a favorite professor sitting next to you. Brilliant.
Poetry is (not really) serious business!  Aug 20, 2008
I have the feeling that if Stephen Fry was a teacher and I was his student, he'd be smacking my knuckles with a ruler in disgust after about five minutes:

Oh my God, Mr. Fry,
But your book is so dry,
And your skills at the verse so outweigh me!
I'm such a poor student
That it would be prudent
To allow me to sink and not save me.
I tried numerous times
To follow the lines
And keep up without going under,
But one night in bed,
Six chapters I'd read:
"What the hell is he talking about?"
I wonder...

See what I mean? Not to say I didn't learn anything from this book, I did. A lot! And it's fun to read, especially Mr. Fry's own poems (I wish he'd publish a book of his poetry, even though he says he won't). It's just...well, this ain't no light reading, as they say. Put your thinking cap on and concentrate (there's a glossary in the back, but if you're as ignorant as I am, keep the internet handy, too: 'Gesellschaften'...really?), and you will learn something about poetry, how it works, and how to write it yourself. Perhaps it's easier to think of writing poetry like drinking wine: the lingo may be intimidating and unfamiliar, but if you drink what you like, you'll be happy.
I am discovering the poet within.  Apr 28, 2008
Stephen Fry did the impossible with The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within. He broke through all my inhibitions and not only introduced me to the forms of poetry but with such humor and excellence that I am now fascinated. He has taken away all the stumbling blocks to writing and presented the classic sonnet as a starter with examples to whet the appetite and not just the flowery sweet tones but challenging sonnets from Shakespeare's plays. Then, he provides exercises for the reader to attempt iambic pentameter. These exercises accompany the various forms and Fry takes you to the limerick, the ballad, free verse, all the possibilities that poetry has to offer. That Fry is an actor adds to his presentation. There is drama and humor in his writing that makes this book hook you from one moment to the next. This is not only a great read but a true teacher for those resistant souls like myself who always avoided creative writing. Now, I've joined a writer's group! Five stars. NO, SIX.
The nuts and bolts of poetry  Apr 8, 2008
Stephen Fry's "Ode Less Travelled" is a very good companion for all who wish to learn about poetry. It is, in a sense, just like any textbook you've seen in school. There are presentations of terms, rules and traditions and exercises for you to do, to show that you've mastered the before mentioned rules and terms. What makes it stand above all normal textbooks is, that although mr. Fry does bring examples from the works of Shakespeare and Blake and such, he manages to give the text a very modern and 'in-the-moment' sort of feel. His wit and intelligence shines through and lends a humourous hand to help us get through all the terminology and definitions of classic poetry with a smile.

I especially like the very matter of fact, mechanical even, apporach to poetry that mr. Fry takes. He makes it less about divine inspiration and feeling nature and other esoteric and, to my mind at least, useless frases, and more about learning meter and rhyme. That was very comforting and encouraging for me. It made the task of creating poetry more accesible and doable, more straight forward.

Highly recommended
Reverse your averse to verse  Mar 23, 2008
Even if you don't want to write poetry, this book is a good way to battle your aversion to poetry. If you have an aversion, that is. Fry makes the point that nobody advises children to try playing the piano just by "expressing themselves", but that's how "poetry" is generally taught.

The Ode Less Traveled is also a good introduction to Fry's work, which spans both genre and media.

With his writing, his podcasts,
his films and TV,
Stephen Fry is becoming ubiquitous.

In America, here,
we are happy to see
himself and his film crew come spik wit' us.

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