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The Ode Less Travelled : Unlocking the Poet Within

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'One of the many joys of being Stephen Fry's editor is his ability to surprise me,' says Sue Freestone. She knew he'd really done it this time when he revealed to her that he'd always had a secret passion for poetry and that his next project was a book about how to write poetry. His 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.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 138 x 142 x 24mm | 199.58g
  • Cornerstone
  • Random House Audiobooks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1856868427
  • 9781856868426
  • 411,433

About Stephen Fry

As well as being the bestselling author of four novels, The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Liar, and the first volume of his autobiography, Moab is My Washpot, Fry has played Peter in Peter's Friends, Wilde in the film Wilde, Jeeves in the television series Jeeves & Wooster and (a closely guarded show-business secret, this) Laurie in the television series Fry & Laurie.show more

Review quote

"Enthralling, witty and deeply educative" -- Christina Hardyment * The Times * "Fry's extraordinary book is an idiot's guide to the writing of poetry, a primer, a tutorial with funny turns, an earnest textbook." * Independent on Sunday * "Even if you have no intention of sitting down and writing a poem, Fry's enthusiasm for his subject is such that after listening to this, even a prosaic old grump like Victor Meldrew might be inclined to sit down and write a sonnet or two." * The Guardian *show more

Review Text

"Even if you have no intention of sitting down and writing a poem, Fry's enthusiasm for his subject is such that after listening to this, even a prosaic old grump like Victor Meldrew might be inclined to sit down and write a sonnet or two."show more

Back cover copy

Stephen Fry believes that if you can speak and read English you can write poetry. But it is no fun if you don't know where to start or have been led to believe that Anything Goes. Stephen, who has long written poems, and indeed has written long poems, for his own private pleasure, invites you to discover the incomparable delights of metre, rhyme and verse forms. Whether you want to write a Petrarchan sonnet for your lover's birthday, an epithalamion for your sister's wedding or a villanelle excoriating the government's housing policy, The Ode Less Travelled will give you the tools and the confidence to do so. Let Stephen guide you towards mastery and confidence in the Mother of the Arts.show more

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