The Ode Less Travelled

Unlocking the Poet Within

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781592402489

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 357

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A guide to writing poetry covers different poetic forms, structures and techniques.
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The Ode Less Travelled

Unlocking the Poet Within

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101216824

Category: Reference

Page: 384

View: 7219

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.
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The Ode Less Travelled

Unlocking the Poet Within

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407088432

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled provides us with a witty and entertaining guide to the mysteries of writing poetry.. 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. Brimful of enjoyable exercises, witty insights and simple step-by-step advice, The Ode Less Travelled guides the reader towards mastery and confidence in the Mother of the Arts.
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Poetic Designs

An Introduction to Meters, Verse Forms, and Figures of Speech

Author: Stephen Adams

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781551111292

Category: Poetry

Page: 252

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There are numerous introductions to poetry and prosody available, but none at once so comprehensive and so accessible as this. With the increasing emphasis on free verse, the past generation has developed a widespread impression that the study of poetic meter is old fashioned—or even that form ‘doesn’t matter’ in poetry. It is an impression that has not been dispelled by the emphasis of some of the existing texts in the area on forms that are now rare or outmoded. The irony is that simultaneously in the past decade interest in formal matters among many poets and literary scholars has been on the increase; the reality is that prosody is today on the cutting edge of literary studies. Stephen Adams’ text provides a full treatment of traditional topics, from the iambic pentameter through other accentual-syllabic rhythms (trochaic, dactylic and so on) and covering as well other metrical types, stanza structure, the sonnet and other standard forms. Adams also includes a variety of topics not covered in most other introductions to the topic; perhaps most significantly, he provides a full chapter on form in free verse. Moreover, he treats rhyme extensively and includes a comprehensive chapter on literary figures. Poetic Designs is thus much more that an introduction to prosody; it is a concise but comprehensive introduction to the nature of poetry in English. It is a book for the general reader and the aspiring writer as well as for the student, a book intended (in the words of the author) to help ‘heighten the experience of poetry.’
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Poetry For Dummies

Author: The Poetry Center,John Timpane

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118053645

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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Sometimes it seems like there are as many definitions of poetry as there are poems. Coleridge defined poetry as “the best words in the best order.” St. Augustine called it “the Devil’s wine.” For Shelley, poetry was “the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.” But no matter how you define it, poetry has exercised a hold upon the hearts and minds of people for more than five millennia. That’s because for the attentive reader, poetry has the power to send chills shooting down the spine and lightning bolts flashing in the brain — to throw open the doors of perception and hone our sensibilities to a scalpel’s edge. Poetry For Dummies is a great guide to reading and writing poems, not only for beginners, but for anyone interested in verse. From Homer to Basho, Chaucer to Rumi, Shelley to Ginsberg, it introduces you to poetry’s greatest practitioners. It arms you with the tools you need to understand and appreciate poetry in all its forms, and to explore your own talent as a poet. Discover how to: Understand poetic language and forms Interpret poems Get a handle on poetry through the ages Find poetry readings near you Write your own poems Shop your work around to publishers Don’t know the difference between an iamb and a trochee? Worry not, this friendly guide demystifies the jargon, and it covers a lot more ground besides, including: Understanding subject, tone, narrative; and poetic language Mastering the three steps to interpretation Facing the challenges of older poetry Exploring 5,000 years of verse, from Mesopotamia to the global village Writing open-form poetry Working with traditional forms of verse Writing exercises for aspiring poets Getting published From Sappho to Clark Coolidge, and just about everyone in between, Poetry For Dummies puts you in touch with the greats of modern and ancient poetry. Need guidance on composing a ghazal, a tanka, a sestina, or a psalm? This is the book for you.
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Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music

Author: Tim Lihoreau,Stephen Fry

Publisher: Pan MacMillan

ISBN: 9780752265582

Category: Music

Page: 320

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A riotous, rambling and incomplete history of classical music, complete with leg measurements Hello, I'm Stephen Fry. Now time for the first outing of a brand, spanking new feature here on The Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music... putting some unsuspecting figure in music under the spotlight.' In his Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music as told to Tim Lihoreau, Stephen Fry presents a potted and brilliantly rambling 700-year history of classical music and the world as we know it. Along this musical journey he casually throws in references to pretty much whatever takes his fancy, from the Mongol invasion of Russia and Mr Khan (Genghis to his friends), the founding of the MCC, the Black Death (which once again became the new black in England), to the heady revolutionary atmosphere of Mozart's Don Giovanni and the deep doo-doo that Louis XVI got into (or 'du-du' as the French would say). It's all here - Ambrose and early English plainsong, Bach, Mozart (beloved of mobile phones everywhere), Beethoven, Debussy, Wagner (the old romantic), right up to the present day. Entertaining and brilliantly written, this is a pretty reckless romp of a history through classical music and much much more.
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The Liar

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Soho Press

ISBN: 156947012X

Category: Fiction

Page: 277

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An irresistible novel by multi-talented Stephen Fry, author, film and television star, playwright and newspaper columnist. "The spirits of Oscar Wilde and Evelyn Waugh glower benignly over this very funny first novel . . . An ingenious plot filled with surprises and glittering with hilarious, often indecent inventions."—The New York Times Book Review "Transforms the sophomoric into the sophisticated."—Los Angeles Times
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Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters

Author: Robert Pinsky

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393240703

Category: Poetry

Page: 160

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“Magnificent . . . poems to inspire [with] brief and brilliant, offhand notes about how to read them.”—Alan Cheuse, NPR Quick, joyful, and playfully astringent, with surprising comparisons and examples, this collection takes an unconventional approach to the art of poetry. Instead of rules, theories, or recipes, Singing School emphasizes ways to learn from great work: studying magnificent, monumentally enduring poems and how they are made— in terms borrowed from the “singing school” of William Butler Yeats’s “Sailing to Byzantium.” Robert Pinsky’s headnotes for each of the 80 poems and his brief introductions to each section take a writer’s view of specific works: William Carlos Williams’s “Fine Work with Pitch and Copper” for intense verbal music; Emily Dickinson’s “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” for wild imagination in matter-of-fact language; Robert Southwell’s “The Burning Babe” for surrealist aplomb; Wallace Stevens’s “The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm” for subtlety in meter. Included are poems by Aphra Behn, Allen Ginsberg, George Herbert, John Keats, Mina Loy, Thomas Nashe, and many other master poets. This anthology respects poetry’s mysteries in two senses of the word: techniques of craft and strokes of the inexplicable.
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Making Your Own Days

The Pleasures of Reading and Writing Poetry

Author: Kenneth Koch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684824388

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Selections from the work of sixty-five poets, from Homer and Ovid to Frank O'Hara and John Ashberry, accompany a discussion of poetry, including meter, line division, rhyme, and poetic forms
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The Norton Anthology of Poetry

Full Fifth Edition

Author: Ferguson, Margaret,Salter, Mary Jo

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393979202

Category: Poetry

Page: 2256

View: 8886

The Fifth Edition retains the flexibility and breadth of selection that has defined this classic anthology, while improved and expanded editorial apparatus make it an even more useful teaching tool.
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An Essay on French Verse

For Readers of English Poetry

Author: Jacques Barzun

Publisher: New Directions

ISBN: 9780811211574

Category: Poetry

Page: 142

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Barzun, Essay on French Verse. From the author of From Dawn to Decadence.
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Poemcrazy

Freeing Your Life with Words

Author: Susan G. Wooldridge

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307559122

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Following the success of several recent inspirational and practical books for would-be writers, Poemcrazy is a perfect guide for everyone who ever wanted to write a poem but was afraid to try. Writing workshop leader Susan Wooldridge shows how to think, use one's senses, and practice exercises that will make poems more likely to happen.
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Heroes

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Michael Joseph

ISBN: 9780241380369

Category:

Page: 400

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Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera. Heroesis the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.
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Mythos

A Retelling of the Myths of Ancient Greece

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Michael Joseph

ISBN: 9781405934138

Category:

Page: 448

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The Half-Inch Himalayas

Author: Agha Shahid Ali

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819511324

Category: Poetry

Page: 57

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A stellar collection of early work from a renowned poet.
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More Fool Me: A Memoir

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: The Overlook Press

ISBN: 1468312286

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Stephen Fry invites readers to take a glimpse at his life story in the unputdownable More Fool Me By his early thirties, Stephen Fry—writer, comedian, star of stage and screen—had, as they say, “made it.” Much loved on British television, author of a critically acclaimed and bestselling first novel, with a glamorous and glittering cast of friends, he had more work than was perhaps good for him. As the ’80s drew to a close, he began to burn the candle at both ends. Writing and recording by day, and haunting a neverending series of celebrity parties, drinking dens, and poker games by night, he was a high functioning addict. He was so busy, so distracted by the high life, that he could hardly see the inevitable, headlong tumble that must surely follow . . . Filled with raw, electric extracts from his diaries of the time, More Fool Me is a brilliant, eloquent account by a man driven to create and to entertain—revealing a side to him he has long kept hidden.
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The Craft of Writing Poetry

Author: Alison Chisholm

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780749002893

Category: Poetry

Page: 121

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A detailed guide to getting poetry into print.
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The Book of Forms

A Handbook of Poetics

Author: Lewis Turco

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781584650225

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 337

View: 4021

Companion to the Book of Literary Terms, an indispensable handbook, revised and updated for today's users.
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In the Palm of Your Hand: A Poet's Portable Workshop

Author: Steve Kowit

Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers and Cadent Publishing

ISBN: 0884485242

Category: Poetry

Page: 288

View: 8438

An illuminating and invaluable guide for beginners wary of modern poetry, as well as for more advanced students who want to sharpen their craft and write poems that expand their technical skills, excite their imaginations, and engage their deepest memories and concerns. Ideal for teachers who have been searching for a way to inspire students with a love for writing--and reading--contemporary poetry. It is a book about shaping your memories and passions, your pleasures, obsessions, dreams, secrets, and sorrows into the poems you have always wanted to write. If you long to create poetry that is magical and moving, this is the book you've been looking for. Here are chapters on the language and music of poetry, the art of revision, traditional and experimental techniques, and how to get your poetry started, perfected, and published. Not the least of the book's pleasures are model poems by many of the best contemporary poets, illuminating craft discussions, and the author's detailed suggestions for writing dozens of poems about your deepest and most passionate concerns.
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Rescuing the Spectacled Bear

A Peruvian Diary

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Gardners Books

ISBN: 9780091795238

Category: Science

Page: 191

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On New Years Day, BBC 1 broadcast a programme about Stephen Fry going to Peru to track Paddington Bear's roots and more seriously to rescue a Spectacled bear, one of the world's endangered species. At Easter a follow up programme was shown on BBC 2, they went back, and helped rescue a mate for the young bear they had found on their first trip. This is Stephen's diary of his time in spent Peru. It is packed with lovely colour pictures of Stephen, bears and Peru, and it is, of course, wildly funny. Stephen Fry is set to become the Diane Fossey of the bear world.
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