The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within ePUB

The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within ePUB


The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within ➮ [Read] ➪ The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within By Stephen Fry ➺ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk I have a dark and dreadful secret I write poetry I believe poetry is a primal impulse within all of us I believe we are all capable of it and further that a small, often ignored corner of us positivel I Less Travelled: Unlocking the eBook ↠ have a dark Less Travelled: Epub Ü and dreadful secret I write poetry I believe poetry is a primal impulse within all of us I believe we are all capable of it and further that a small, often ignored corner of us positively yearns to try it Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled Stephen Fry believes The Ode Epub / that if one can speak and read English, one can write poetry Many of us have never been taught to read or write poetry and think of it as a mysterious and intimidating form Or, if we have been taught, we remember uncomfortable silence when an English teacher invited the class to respond to Ode Less Travelled: Kindle Ó a poem In The Ode Less Travelled, Fry sets out to correct this problem by giving aspiring poets the tools and confidence they need to write poetry for pleasureFry is a wonderfully engaging teacher and writer of poetry himself, and he explains the various elements of poetry in simple terms, without condescension His enjoyable exercises and witty insights introduce the concepts of Metre, Rhyme, Form, Diction, and Poetics Aspiring poets will learn to write a sonnet, on ode, a villanelle, a ballad, and a haiku, among others Along the way, he introduces us to poets we ve heard of, but never read 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 BACKCOVER Advanced Praise Delightfully erudite, charming and soundly pedagogical guide to poetic form Fry has created an invaluable and highly enjoyable reference book Publishers Weekly A smart, sane and entertaining return to the basics If you like Fry s comic manner this book has a lot of charm People entirely fresh to the subject could do worse than stick with his cheerful leadership The Telegraph UK intelligent and informative, a worthy enterprise well executed Observer UK If you learn how to write a sonnet, and Fry shows you how, you may or may not make a poem But you will unlock the stored wisdom of the form itself Grey Gowrie, The Spectator UK intelligent and informative, a worthy enterprise well executed Observer UK.

    Download PDF books or write poetry and think of it as a mysterious and intimidating form Or, if we have been taught, we remember uncomfortable silence when an English teacher invited the class to respond to Ode Less Travelled: Kindle Ó a poem In The Ode Less Travelled, Fry sets out to correct this problem by giving aspiring poets the tools and confidence they need to write poetry for pleasureFry is a wonderfully engaging teacher and writer of poetry himself, and he explains the various elements of poetry in simple terms, without condescension His enjoyable exercises and witty insights introduce the concepts of Metre, Rhyme, Form, Diction, and Poetics Aspiring poets will learn to write a sonnet, on ode, a villanelle, a ballad, and a haiku, among others Along the way, he introduces us to poets we ve heard of, but never read 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 BACKCOVER Advanced Praise Delightfully erudite, charming and soundly pedagogical guide to poetic form Fry has created an invaluable and highly enjoyable reference book Publishers Weekly A smart, sane and entertaining return to the basics If you like Fry s comic manner this book has a lot of charm People entirely fresh to the subject could do worse than stick with his cheerful leadership The Telegraph UK intelligent and informative, a worthy enterprise well executed Observer UK If you learn how to write a sonnet, and Fry shows you how, you may or may not make a poem But you will unlock the stored wisdom of the form itself Grey Gowrie, The Spectator UK intelligent and informative, a worthy enterprise well executed Observer UK."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
  • Stephen Fry
  • English
  • 04 June 2018
  • 1592402488

About the Author: Stephen Fry

Stephen Less Travelled: Unlocking the eBook ↠ John Fry is Less Travelled: Epub Ü an English comedian, writer, actor, humourist, novelist, poet, columnist, filmmaker, television personality and technophile As one half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his comedy partner, Hugh Laurie, he has appeared in A Bit of Fry and Laurie and Jeeves and Wooster He is also famous for The Ode Epub / his roles in Blackadder and Wilde, and as the host of QI In addition to writing for stage, screen, television and radio he has contributed columns and articles for numerous newspapers and magazines, and has also written four successful novels and a series of memoirsSee also Mrs Stephen Fry as a pseudonym of the Ode Less Travelled: Kindle Ó author.



10 thoughts on “The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

  1. Jensbookshelf Jensbookshelf says:

    review will not be impartial, because I love Stephen Fry I want to marry his brain If he published his grocery list, I would buy it I suspect I would enjoy it as well Anyway, The Ode Less Travelled is a guide to writing poetry Not necessarily good poetry, but poetry all the same Do you know what an iambic pentameter is Not if you were educated in a state school any time after the sixties, I ll bet I first came across the term at university, and managed to bluff my way through all those review will not be impartial, because I love Stephen Fry I want to marry his brain If he published his grocery list, I would buy it I suspect I would enjoy it as well Anyway, The Ode Less Travelled is a guide to writing poetry Not necessarily good poetry, but poetry all the same Do you know what an iambic pentameter is Not if you were educated in a state school any time after the sixties, I ll bet 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 I didn t really know what I was doing, and was really glad when we moved onto novels.Stephen Fry to the rescue with a very radical idea anybody can write poetry, once they learn the basics.This is a fun book It will not make a poet out of me, but it has already made reading poetryenjoyable I feel like I can now spot the tricks of the trade Samuel Taylor Coleridge defined prose as words in their best order, and poetry as the best words in their best order It s like the old pocket watches I used to beg my Mum to take down from the bedroom cupboard and show me when I was a kid lovely to look at, but evenwonderful when you could pop the back off and see the intricate mechanisms at work.Don t be scared of poetry, and don t be scared of this book It s not elitist It s fun Read this book, and you too will be able to spot an iambic pentameter in its natural habitat

  2. Paul E. Morph Paul E. Morph says:

    I m a compulsive book finisher I almost always read a book to the end, no matter how little I m enjoying it There have been three exceptions to this rule character trait in my life and this book is one of them.I bought it for my wife as a Christmas present back in 2005, poetry being her thang As it was sitting around the house, I started reading it too I didn t get far I don t know why I didn t finish it It may have been down to not having the time to do the exercises contained within I m a compulsive book finisher I almost always read a book to the end, no matter how little I m enjoying it There have been three exceptions to this rule character trait in my life and this book is one of them.I bought it for my wife as a Christmas present back in 2005, poetry being her thang As it was sitting around the house, I started reading it too I didn t get far I don t know why I didn t finish it 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.Anyway, thirteen years later, I have finally got around to finishing this book and, I have to say, I enjoyed reading it Mr Fry speaks eloquently, informatively and entertainingly on the subject of writing poetry Doing the exercises, however, has been a small slice of Hell Seriously, it was like having homework again not what I wanted in my life as a 42 year old long out of formal edumacation Actually, part of me did kind of enjoy doing the exercises the masochistic, self loathing part of me If this book has taught me anything, it s that I am definitely NOT a poet

  3. Ryan Ryan says:

    It s not you Fry it s me.I have always had the desire to love poetry I ve always felt like it was within my grasp but never quite there 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.In retrospect this was naive, I m never going to love poetry as much as I want to I might still try writing a little, but if I m honest, Fry has turned me away rather than pushing me towards doing so.The level of technical It s not you Fry it s me.I have always had the desire to love poetry I ve always felt like it was within my grasp but never quite there 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.In retrospect this was naive, I m never going to love poetry as much as I want to I might still try writing a little, but if I m honest, Fry has turned me away rather than pushing me towards doing so.The level of technical language and form described here is not what I wanted I ll be honest Maybe knowing all this is how to write poetry but it s a step too far for me I think I found how heavy it all is got exhausting and Fry exercises daunting and beyond me most of the time Maybe I m not a poet Go on you ll have great fun honestly he says with glee at almost every task But being pigeon holed into writing in a certain style I don t fully grasp about a subject I m not passionate about it not why I d ever write poetry 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 And I ll certainly still try readingpoetry even though I find my attention spam struggles with that sometimes too 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

  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    The only and I do mean the only negative thing I can say about this book is that Stephen Fry has taken the run on sentence to pathological levels The occasional grammatical slip up hardly warrants notice, but I swear that throughout all 327 pages of this book, there was at least one run on sentence per page Someone preferably his editor needs to pull him aside and introduce him to semi colons.Other than that editing issue, this book was buckets of fun and superbly useful for anyone wh The only and I do mean the only negative thing I can say about this book is that Stephen Fry has taken the run on sentence to pathological levels The occasional grammatical slip up hardly warrants notice, but I swear that throughout all 327 pages of this book, there was at least one run on sentence per page Someone preferably his editor needs to pull him aside and introduce him to semi colons.Other than that editing issue, this book was buckets of fun and superbly useful for anyone who used to know something about poetry but has forgotten it all, or for someone who never knew much about poetry but has always been curious about how it works Fry introduces the reader to a variety of forms and styles that have been used throughout the ages and in various cultures, explaining their sometimes complicated rules clearly and humorously.The exercises are fun and he offers a lot of solid, practical advice for readers wanting to try their own hand at poetry This is the ideal book for former English majors or lit nerds the glossary alone is a valuable and amusing source of trivia and impressive terminology , aspiring poets, or anyone interested in what exactly poetry is all about

  5. Katia N Katia N says:

    This is the book by Stephen Fry which is intended to help the reader to start writing poems In my case, I wanted to understand better how the poetry in English actually works I love poetry But I can count on the fingers of the one hand how many English poets I actually enjoy reading So I wanted to find out a bitabout the poetic tradition in English And, I think, this book has actually helped a bit.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 In my case, I wanted to understand better how the poetry in English actually works I love poetry But I can count on the fingers of the one hand how many English poets I actually enjoy reading So I wanted to find out a bitabout the poetic tradition in English And, I think, this book has actually helped a bit.It is a humorous, charming introduction into the formal prosody talking about metre, rhyme, stansas and layouts It explained why certain tools do not work in English language while the others do It might be a bit too technical sometimes, but humorous as well Fry illustrates the concepts with his poems specifically written for this Respectively, the poems are not very good, but very effective

  6. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

    Fry cleverly drags out the reading of this book by forcing the reader to take a vow to read all the poems aloud and to do all the exercises in the book I did well until I came to the next to last chapter of the book, a chapter on forms I admit it I didn t do any of the exercises on writing pantoums and ballads and haiku I fully intend to go back and do these at my leisure, but I felt a strong need to go ahead and finish the blooming book It does count, right I don t think we have any requi Fry cleverly drags out the reading of this book by forcing the reader to take a vow to read all the poems aloud and to do all the exercises in the book I did well until I came to the next to last chapter of the book, a chapter on forms I admit it I didn t do any of the exercises on writing pantoums and ballads and haiku I fully intend to go back and do these at my leisure, but I felt a strong need to go ahead and finish the blooming book It does count, right I don t think we have any requirements about adhering to silly vows taken to a book, do we

  7. Aurélien Thomas Aurélien Thomas says:

    Most of poetry nowadays According to Stephen Frydreary, self indulgent, randomly lineated drivelOuch Ouch and yet, I personally think he is quite right.It wouldn t cross your mind to call yourself a musician while having never bothered to learn how to play any instrument, right Well, when it comes to poetry these days he has the feeling that too many so called poets just dabble without having a clue of what poetry is to start with For that, he blames the triumphal rise of free vers Most of poetry nowadays According to Stephen Frydreary, self indulgent, randomly lineated drivelOuch Ouch and yet, I personally think he is quite right.It wouldn t cross your mind to call yourself a musician while having never bothered to learn how to play any instrument, right Well, when it comes to poetry these days he has the feeling that too many so called poets just dabble without having a clue of what poetry is to start with For that, he blames the triumphal rise of free verse Not that he dislikes free verse he is very clear about that but, he believes it has given an excuse to too many to pick up a pen and throw words at random, believing poetry is just about pouring it out when it s not What about technique What about rules What about everything that good old fashion prosody encompasses forms, metres, accentuations, rhymes and else Now, before going any further let s stop right here, and clarify something bluntly there is nothing wrong with breaking rules as long as one knows what the rules are in the first place Duh Doing otherwise would be like being a pigeon cr pping all over a chessboard maybe fun and entertaining to some, but won t qualify you to be a Grandmaster alright, he doesn t exactly uses these words but, you get the idea Well, same goes for poetry As far as he is concerned, it s a craft that requires apprenticeship that is, knowing the rules from traditional forms It s straightforwardinitiation into the technique of poetry is all part of becoming a poet and it is pleasurable As I said, straightforward As a down to earth amateur, his goal here indeed is not to bore you with dry academic terminology thrown at your face to impress but, to entertain you yes entertain because it s all pleasurable indeed with a display of all the tools available to traditional poetry and that makes a poem, well, a poem and not somedreary, self indulgent, randomly lineated drivelAh Gosh How I love this book It s instructive, incisive, fun, relevant and, despite its strong views, never condescending nor overly strict e.g see how he deals with William Blake.I love his feel and heartfelt passion for poetry I love the core ethos behind it all that is, everyone can write decently if putting in enough efforts I even love how he takes the time to give the novice reader tools to facilitate such efforts, each chapters ending with exercises so as to make it all your own.Now, you might not end up by actually writing poetry as he intends you to here but, full of passion it will at least gives you the basic understanding necessary to better appreciate the art, all in a fun and accessible way And that, alone, is priceless Athan refreshing read

  8. Carrie Carrie says:

    Not, perhaps, quite so detailed as I would have liked However, it is written with all the wit, clarity and charming ness that one has come to expect of Mr Fry And it is beautifully presented I particularly appreciated the use of a table to show the way in which a poem worked, its rhyme scheme folding in on itself like a collapsing umbrella.

  9. Wilson Wilson says:

    I loved this book I think I loved itbecause I listened to it rather than reading it Fry s warm, plummy voice and his tonal variations now chummy, now wry, now sentimental, now no nonsense add so much to the experience.And the book itself is delightful If you re a lover of words, of language particularly, though not necessarily exclusively, of the English language , then 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 I think I loved itbecause I listened to it rather than reading it Fry s warm, plummy voice and his tonal variations now chummy, now wry, now sentimental, now no nonsense add so much to the experience.And the book itself is delightful If you re a lover of words, of language particularly, though not necessarily exclusively, of the English language , then you will at least appreciate this book, and probably love it as much as I did, even if you never end up writing a poem as a result of reading it.For that, of course, is Fry s main goal here to getpeople to write poems Not to publish them necessarily this is not a How to Get Your Poetry Published manual at all, at all In fact, he himself points out that while he has written much poetry, it s all for his own pleasure the pleasure of the creation, and of the subsequent enjoyment He hasn t published any of it.No, this is a different sort of How To text altogether, wherein Fry teaches the reader how to write poems You might think that this is something that anyone can do, and to a small degree, you d be right But if you were to try it without what this book can teach you whether you get it from this book or not , you would be severely handicapped 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.After a short apologia for why one would and in his opinion, should write poetry, and some preparatory remarks, Fry starts with the nuts and bolts of prosody which, by the way, is an example of the sort of term he introduces, smoothly and painlessly, throughout the book with the elements of meter the different kinds of poetic foot , and the many ways those feet can be joined together into a line.Before moving into how lines can be joined together, Fry detours into a discussion of the different kinds of rhyming yes, there are different kinds, from strict to none and everything in between.From there, he comes back to form, but now in bigger chunks how poetic lines as described earlier can be orto the point, have been put together in various ways to create various poetic forms 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 book s worth reading or listening to just for the fun of reading hearing those.Fry also provides opportunities for the listener or reader to practice techniques for themselves, with short exercises scattered throughout the book This, I feel, is the part that lends itself least well to the audiobook format, at least for me, because I was listening while I was commuting as I expect many people do and so wasn t really in a position to whip out a notebook and write down an example of iambic pentameter, or a rhyme for girl.But even if you don t write down a thing, never end up writing a word of poetry, this book is totally worth the listen or read just for the experience of understanding the sorts of things that can go into a poem, and help you appreciate why a particular poem or really, even a set of song lyrics works well for you or doesn t.This may be the only book I ve ever listened to that I m planning to go back to I enjoyed it and enjoyed learning from it that much.Highly, highly recommended

  10. Rebecca Lowndes Rebecca Lowndes says:

    I learned so much from this book, so entertainingly presentedIt 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.Stephen Fry is surprisingly, to me for no good reason extremely literate and well educated Not only can he expla I learned so much from this book, so entertainingly presentedIt 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.Stephen Fry is surprisingly, to me for no good reason extremely literate and well educated Not only can he explain and illustrate all the fine points of poetic style he can also furnish examples that he has written himself Highly entertaining also cheering to the aspiring connoisseur of good literature and or writer of passable poetry

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