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The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within (original 2005; edition 2005)
by Stephen Fry
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0099509342, Paperback)Stephen Fry’S The Ode Less Travelled provides us with a witty and entertaining guide to the mysteries of writing poetry.
Stephen Fry has always had a secret passion for poetry and he reveals this in this book about how to write poetry. This book will give everybody the tools to write poetry; covering the full spectrum of the different poetic forms, structures and techniques. According to Stephen it will make writing poetry fun, easy, satisfying, fulfilling and delightful.
Here is a taste of Stephen’s own efforts;
Lesbian Sappho made this form
With two beats to the final line
Her sex life wasn’t quite the norm
And nor is mine
From the Hardcover edition.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:37:45 -0500)
The best-selling novelist, actor, and comedian offers a witty guide to writing and understanding poetry, providing an entertaining series of exercises, insights, and step-by-step advice that introduces the concepts of metre, rhyme, form, diction, and poetics; and explores the various forms of poetry, including haiku, ballad, and sonnet, among others.
(summary from another edition)
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