The Ode Less Travelled

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.

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101216824

Category: Reference

Page: 384

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Comedian and actor Stephen Fry?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. Fry?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 we?ve heard of but never read. The Ode Less Travelled is not just the survey course you never took in college, it?s a lively celebration of poetry that makes even the most reluctant reader want to pick up a pencil and give it a try.

Princeton Alumni Weekly

From an Oct. 1 , 2006 , On Poetry column by David Orr '96 about a book by the
actor Stephen Fry , The Ode Less Travelled : Unlocking the Poet Within : Whitsun
Weddings , by English poet Philip Larkin . Instead of returning it to the U - Store ...


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You Too Could Write a Poem

Fry is a stickler for form: he believes you don't really understand poetry unless
you understand at least some of the history of ... In the end, what comes through
most vividly in The Ode Less Travelled, and what makes it work so well for the ...

Author: David Orr

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698403339

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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A collection of reviews and essays by David Orr, the New York Times poetry columnist and one of the most respected critics in America today, his best work of the past fifteen years in one place Poetry is never more vital, meaningful, or accessible than in the hands of David Orr. In the pieces collected here, most of them written originally for the New York Times, Orr is at his rigorous, conversational, and edifying best. Whether he is considering the careers of contemporary masters, such as Louise Glück or Frederick Seidel, sizing up younger American poets, like Matthea Harvey and Matthew Zapruder, or even turning his attention to celebrities and public figures, namely Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Fry, when they choose to wade into the hotly contested waters of the poetry world, Orr is never any less than fully persuasive in arguing what makes a poem or poet great—or not. After all, as Orr points out in his introduction, “Poetry is a lot like America, in the sense that liking all of it means that you probably shouldn’t be trusted with money, or scissors.” Orr’s prose is devoted to common sense and clarity, and, in every case, he brings to bear an impeccable ear, an openhandedness of spirit, and a deep wealth of technical knowledge—to say nothing of his shrewd sense of humor. As pleasurable as it is informative, Orr’s journalism represents a high watermark in the public discussion of literature. You, Too, Could Write a Poem is at heart a love note to poetry itself. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School

This is a valuable guide to teaching and assessing poetry in the classroom,
providing an overview of the area as well as numerous practical ideas. Fry, S. (
2005) The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within, London: Arrow Books.

Author: Jon Davison

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317700031

Category: Education

Page: 258

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How do you approach teaching English in the contemporary classroom? What is expected of a would-be English teacher? The fourth edition of this best-selling text combines theory and practice to present an indispensable introduction to the opportunities and challenges of teaching English in the secondary classroom. It offers insight into the history, policies and definitions surrounding the subject, together with innovative and practical strategies which can be used for effective teaching and learning. Already a major text for many university teacher education courses, the new edition reflects the extent and impact of current reforms whilst retaining its focus on what is of enduring value for English teaching. With an emphasis on developing your own values and on stimulating approaches that underpin English teaching, it will help you navigate your way through changing curriculum requirements, assessment practice and the demands of professional development. Key topics explored include: Reading, writing and speaking and listening Teaching language and grammar Drama in English teaching Poetry Working with digital technologies Post-16 English language and literature Developing as a critically reflective practitioner. Written particularly with the new and student teacher in mind, Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School aims to equip readers with the tools to make critically informed judgements about how to teach, develop principled practice and most importantly, be mindful of pupils and their experience of English in the secondary classroom.

Homeless in My Heart

And buy yourselfa copy of Stephen Fry's 'The Ode Less Travelled'– easily the
most humane, witty and helpful book on prosody in print. A question I am
frequently confronted with concerns intent. Do I write poetry to be performed, to
be ...

Author: Felix Dennis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144814728X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Following in the footsteps of A Glass Half Full, Lone Wolf and When Jack Sued Jill, Homeless In My Heart - Felix Dennis's long-awaited new collection of verse - is 'the story of a fool whose life was saved by poetry'. Felix Dennis's life has been a long series of unlikely events: incarceration by the British government in 1971 following the longest conspiracy trial in British history; recording a chart single with John Lennon; co-authoring Muhammad Ali's first biography; becoming one of the richest individuals in Britain; launching one of the most successful media brands in the world; falling into crack cocaine addiction; beginning the task of planting a huge native broad-leaf forest in the Heart of England; salvaging the wreckage of a life dedicated to hedonism; and, lastly, and most surprisingly of all, discovering that he could write the kind of poetry that people wanted to read and to hear. Now, with the publication of Homeless In My Heart, Felix Dennis's extraordinary talents have come to fruition - from ironic tales of darkness and savagery to hymns of praise for the glories of nature. Homeless In My Heart fulfils the promise predicted by the author and critic Tom Wolfe, who has called Dennis 'a 21st-century Kipling [whose poetry] rollicks and rolls with rhyme, meter and melody'.


Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within (2005) is an
accomplished (and witty) guide to writing poetry, especially metrical poetry.
Those UK readers interested in writing poetry should consider joining the Poetry
Society ...

Author: John Strachan

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748688986

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Based on the authors' extensive teaching experience, this volume provides a lively route map through the main aspects of poetry such as sound effects, rhythm and metre, the typographic display of poems on the page and the language of poetry using practica

Book Review Digest

The ode less travelled ; unlocking the poet within . 357p 2006 Gotham Books 1 .
Poetry - - Authorship ISBN 1 - 592 - 40248 - 8 LC 2006 - 43365 SUMMARY : Fry "
explains the various elements of poetry . . . . ( He ) introduces the concepts of ...




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Stephen Fry in America

Britain's best-loved comic genius, Stephen Fry, turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his chariot of Englishness, a black London cab. Stephen Fry has always loved America.

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061990094

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Britain's best-loved comic genius, Stephen Fry, turns his celebrated wit and insight to unearthing the real America as he travels across the continent in his chariot of Englishness, a black London cab. Stephen Fry has always loved America. In fact, he came very close to being born here. His fascination for the country and its people sees him embarking on an epic journey across America, visiting each of its fifty states to discover how such a huge diversity of people, cultures, languages, and beliefs creates such a remarkable nation. Stephen starts his journey on the East Coast and zigzags across America, stopping in every state from Maine to Hawaii, talking to each state's hospitable citizens, listening to music, visiting landmarks, viewing small-town life and America's breathtaking landscapes, following wherever his curiosity leads him. En route he discovers the South Side of Chicago with blues legend Buddy Guy, catches up with Morgan Freeman in Mississippi, strides around with Ted Turner on his Montana ranch, marches with Zulus in Mardi Gras in New Orleans, drums with the Sioux Nation in South Dakota, joins a Georgia family for Thanksgiving, "picks" with bluegrass hillbillies, and finds himself in a Tennessee garden full of dead bodies. Whether in a club for failed gangsters in Brooklyn, New York (yes, those are real bullet holes), or celebrating Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts (is there anywhere better?), Stephen is welcomed by the people of America—mayors, sheriffs, newspaper editors, park rangers, teachers, and hoboes, bringing to life the oddities and splendors of each locale. A celebration of the magnificent and the eccentric, the beautiful and the strange, Stephen Fry in America is the author's homage to this extraordinary country.

The Spectator

It is hoped that this time around the constituencies select women at least in
proportion to their representation on the list ... Ode Less Travelled ( Books , 31
December ) Grey Gowrie recalls an apparently accidental piece of verse he
found in a ...




Category: English literature


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Bridging English

Stephen Fry ' s The Ode Less Travelled : Unlocking the Poet Within ( 2005 ) , is
perhaps even more approachable as he works to demystify poetry while also
making it as accesOther Verse Formulas . Many other established poetic sible for
the ...

Author: Joseph O'Beirne Milner

Publisher: Prentice Hall


Category: Education

Page: 538

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Bridging English is a comprehensive methods textbook featuring precise theory and accessible practice. Through its presentation of theory and practice, you will find this text favors active, student-centered, constructivist, and inquiry-based learning. Useful in a practical, day-to-day sense, the text will retain a prominent place on your bookshelf as a go-to reference when teaching English to your middle and secondary students.

The Writer s Handbook 2007

inspirational and has recently added Stephen Fry ' s The Ode Less Travelled but
is not keen to see new work . Everyman produces generic anthologies on death
and solitude . The Random House group is a rich mix . MQ Publications , who ...

Author: Barry Turner

Publisher: Macmillan Pub Limited

ISBN: 9781405049375

Category: Reference

Page: 821

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Completely revised and updated with newly commissioned articles, the 20th anniversary edition of The Writer's Handbook is an indispensible companion for everyone in the writing profession. Containing over 6,000 entries covering every area of writing, with provocative articles and useful advice from leading representatives of the trade, this practical, straightforward guide provides full details on the core markets. In addition to the key areas of UK and US book publishers, agents, magazines, screenwriting, theater and poetry, writer's courses and circles, festivals, and grants and prizes, the guide also offers invaluable expert advice on contracts, copyright, and taxation.

Charles Prince of Wales

1987, published by Golgonooza Press Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled:
Unlocking the Poet within, 2005 Page 99 Silver and diamond cello on agate
stand from Mstislav Rostropovich, 1998 Conductors batons presented to The
Prince of ...


Publisher: Royal Collection Pubns


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 120

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This official souvenir presents a biography-in-pictures of HRH The Prince of Wales, from his birth to the present day. Using personal memorabilia, documents, photographs and items from the Royal Collection and Royal Archives, many of which are shown here for the first time, this book covers The Prince's childhood, his duties as Prince of Wales, family life, and his interests and charities. Childhood memories and school exercise books give way to his years at university, his investiture as Prince of Wales, and duties in the RAF and Royal Navy. There are mementoes from his official duties abroad, his work with The Prince's Trust, and as a pioneering conservationist. And there are photographs, documents and paintings recording The Prince's family life, at Kensington Palace, Highgrove, and now at Clarence House. Interwoven throughout the book are paintings and works of art chosen by The Prince from both the Royal Collection and his own collection, together with his personal reflections on their importance to him, recording his well-known interests in architecture and the arts.

Books for the Teen Age

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dinnertime , anytime Stern , Sam Cooking Up a Storm Candlewick A teen survival
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Category: Children's literature


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Being British

He is the author of four bestselling novels , as well as the highly acclaimed
autobiography Moab is my Washpot and a well - received guide to writing poetry ,
The Ode Less Travelled . PROFESSOR CAROLINE GIPPS trained as a primary ...

Author: Matthew D'Ancona

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing


Category: Political Science

Page: 285

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SOCIAL & CULTURAL HISTORY. What does being British actually mean today? Twenty essays written by well-known individuals representing a cross-section of Britain's cultural landscape attempt to offer an insight into, or snapshot of, how Britons today see themselves and their place in the world.Their thoughts will highlight just how divergent our society is and where its strengths and weaknesses lie. All these views are championed by two unlikely collaborators - Spectator editor Matthew d'Ancona and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Often politically opposed, they share a passionate interest in exploring what is now meant by being British. This unique book will enlighten, inspire and stir up many debates but ultimately it will provide a path to any reader wanting to understand just what being British in the new millennium actually means.

Everything You Need to Know About Creative Writing

Fry , Stephen , The Ode Less Travelled : Unlocking the Poet Within ( London :
Hutchinson Books , 2005 ) . flailing and kvetching Anne Lamott ' s resonant term ,
from Bird By Bird – Some Instructions on Writing and Life , for what the novelist ...

Author: Heather Leach

Publisher: Burns & Oates


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 195

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An excellent companion for all those keen to develop their writing abilities, providing key, no-nonsense advice and guidance for all students, writers and tutors.

The Kipling Journal

The poem is a ballad , a poetical form described by Stephen Fry in his The Ode
Less Travelled as " pub poetry " . This informal style of writing enables Kipling to
truly encapsulate the ambience of the common soldier . Moreover , the ballad's ...






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The Ode Less Travelled is the title . I think for a moment and then realize : this is
what Eli was passing out to the guys ! I didn ' t say anything to Coach Coughlin
about that little incident in the running backs ' film room . Should Coach know ...

Author: Harriet Monroe



Category: American poetry


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A New Waste Land

Another recent old - bunkum champion was Stephen Fry , who inflicted 390
pages of largely ill - informed pseudo - Parnassian moonshine upon the coffee
tables of his fan - base in ' The Ode Less Travelled ' ( Hutchinson 2005 ) .
Knowing ...

Author: Michael Horovitz


ISBN: 9780902689268

Category: Civilization, Modern

Page: 464

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The books howls for the eco-friendly dumping of every stockpile of contemporary waste. But it's is not all doom and gloom - sympathetic readers may find themselves transported by a transcultural bard-mobile delivering an evergreen bran-tub of poetry, prophecy, satitical entertainment and visual delight.

Oscar Wilde s Stories for All Ages

Whether you are five or fifty, reading for yourself or another, these are stories for all ages and for all time.

Author: Oscar Wilde

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007342454

Category: Fiction

Page: 274

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`High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large red ruby glowed on his sword-hilt...' `Oscar Wilde's fairy tales continue to exert the same pull over the imagination and emotions as they did when he first read them to his children in the 1880s. Written with inspired poetic intensity and sudden flowerings of the matchless wit for which he is so well remembered, the stories combine the wisdom of parables with the impact of drama. I have loved them since I was a child: indeed they continue to make a child of me. I hope you will be as entranced by them as I have always been.' Stephen Fry Like old friends whose company never fails to delight, Oscar Wilde's short stories have enchanted people for generations, and occupy a special place in the heart of each new reader. Like luminous gems, they have lost none of their power to enthral and inspire; and in this beautifully illustrated edition, Stephen Fry presents these gems to shine anew. Meet the Selfish Giant, whose garden Was cloaked in perpetual winter until he allowed the children to enter and play; the statue of the Happy Prince Who stood overlooking his city, and who gave the sapphires embedded in his eyes and clothing to feed the poor; the young fisherman who sacrificed his soul for the love of a mermaid; and the Remarkable Rocket who was so convinced that he would he the brightest of all, yet ended up nose-first in a ditch. These vivid characters and many more are brought to life by Nicole Stewart's stunning illustrations, while the messages, meanings and morals of the stories are explored in Stephen's masterful introduction. Whether you are five or fifty, reading for yourself or another, these are stories for all ages and for all time...

The Bloodaxe Book of Poetry Quotations

Author: Dennis O'Driscoll

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books


Category: Poetry

Page: 251

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What is a poem? What can it do? How does a poet know when a poem is finished? Can poetry be taught? How can we tell if a poem is any good? What is it like to share the breakfast table with a poet? How political should a poem be? Are there actually "shoulds" and "should nots" in poetry? Through quotations which are themselves as pithy and memorable as good poetry, hundreds of poetry readers, poetry practitioners and poetry sceptics have their say in this rumbustious and instructive book. Their comments are arranged by subject-matter and juxtaposed to allow sparks to fly - if one poet swears black, another is sure to swear white; and their viewpoints are encapsulated in terse and trenchant language. Offering fascinating insights into the mindsets and dress codes of poets, their lusts and lives, hates and loves, as well as taking readers to the heart of the creative process itself, "The Bloodaxe Book of Poetry Quotations" is an ideal book for teachers, students, reading groups, workshops and anyone interested in poetry - whether as casual readers, seasoned writers, curious onlookers or aspiring practitioners. Books about poetry are rarely as entertaining or rewarding as this: an entirely original compilation, drawing exclusively on remarks made over the past 20 years. With its wealth of contemporary maxims, witticisms and jibes, it provides a definitive snapshot of the current state of poetry - the art defined here by Seamus Heaney as 'language in orbit'.