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The ode less travelled : unlocking the poet within

Author: Stephen Fry
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, 2006 printing.
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"Stephen Fry believes 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 a poem. In The Ode Less Travelled, Fry sets out to correct this problem by giving aspiring poets the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Fry
ISBN: 1592402488 9781592402489 9781592403110 1592403115
OCLC Number: 64511392
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2005 by Hutchinson"--Title page verso.
Description: xxv, 357 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Metre. --
How we speak ; Meet metre ; The great iamb ; The iambic pentameter --
End-stopping, enjambment and caesura ; Weak endings, trochaic and pyrhhic substitutions ; Substitutions --
More metres : four beats to the line ; Mixed feet --
Ternary feet : the dactyl, the molossus and tribrach, the amphibrach, the amphimacer, quaternary feet --
Anglo-Saxon attitudes ; Sprung rhythm --
Syllabic verse ; Coleridge's 'Lesson for a boy' --
Table of metric feet --
pt. 2. Rhyme. --
The basic categories of rhyme ; Partial rhymes ; Feminine and triple rhymes ; Rich rhyme --
Rhyming arrangements --
Good and bad rhyme? ; A thought experiment ; Rhyming practice and rhyming dictionaries --
Rhyme categories --
pt. 3. Form. --
The stanza ; What is form and why bother with it? --
Stanzaic variations ; Open forms : terza rima, the quartrain, the rubai, rhyme royal, ottava rima, Spenserian stanza ; Adopting and adapting --
The ballad --
Heroic verse --
The ode : Sapphic, Pindaric, Horatian, the lyric ode, anacreontics --
Closed forms : the villanelle ; The sestina ; The pantoum, the ballade --
More closed forms: rondeau ; rondeau redoublé, rondel, roundel, rondelet, roundelelay, triolet, kyrielle --
Comic verse : cento, the clerihew ; The limerick ; Reflections on comic and impolite verse ; Light verse ; Parody --
Exotic forms : haiku, senryu, tanka ; Ghazal ; Luc bat ; Tanaga --
The sonnet : Petrarchan and Shakespearean ; Curtal and caudate sonnets ; Sonnet variations and romantic duels --
Shaped verse ; Pattern poems ; Silly, silly forms ; Acrostics --
pt. 4. Diction and poetics today. --
The whale ; The cat and the act ; Madeline ; Diction ; Being alert to language --
Poetic vices ; Ten habits of successful poets that they don't teach you at Harvard Poetry School, or chicken verse for the soul is from Mars but you are what you read in just seven days or your money back ; Getting noticed ; Poetry today ; Goodbye --
Incomplete glossary of poetic terms --
Appendix : Arnaud's algorithm.
Responsibility: Stephen Fry.
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"Stephen Fry believes 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 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 pleasure" -- publisher website (February 2007).

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