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Ode Less Travelled - Stephen Fry

Ode Less Travelled

A guide to writing poetry

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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.
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Forlag: Arrow Books Ltd
Innbinding: Paperback
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 384
ISBN: 9780099509349
Format: 20 x 13 cm
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«Funny and instructive»

Spectator

«Fry's extraordinary book is an idiots' guide to the writing of poetry, a primer, a tutorial with funny turns, an earnest textbook... You can't but marvel at Fry's easy familiarity with the rictameter and the rondeau redoublé and applaud the energy of his evangelistic zeal»

Independent on Sunday

«With his usual wit and occasional obscenity, he takes us through an array of metrical forms and poetic structures, talking to us like a cajoling hearty teacher»

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Forewordxi
How to Read this Book. Three Golden Rulesxxi
1 Meire




I How We Speak. Meet Metre. The Great Iamb. The Iambic Pentameter. Poetry Exercises 1 & 2

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II End-stopping, Enjambment and Caesura. Poetry Exercise 3. Weak Endings, Trochaic and Pyrhhic Substitutions. Substitutions. Poetry Exercise 4

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III More Metres: Four Beats to the Line. Mixed Feet. Poetry Exercise 5

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IV Ternary Feet: The Dactyl, The Molossus and Tribrach, The Amphibrach, The Amphimacer, Quaternary Feet. Poetry Exercise 6

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V Anglo-Saxon Attitudes. Poetry Exercise 7. Sprung Rhythm.

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VI Syllabic Verse. Poetry Exercises 8 & 9: Coleridge's 'Lesson for a Boy'.

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TABLE OF METRIC FEET

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2 Rhyme




I The Basic Categories of Rhyme. Partial Rhymes. Feminine and Triple Rhymes. Rich Rhyme.

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II Rhyming Arrangements.

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III Good and Bad Rhyme? A Thought Experiment. Rhyming Practice and Rhyming Dictionaries. Poetry Exercise 10

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RHYME CATEGORIES

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3 Form




I The Stanza. What is Form and Why Bother with It?

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II Stanzaic Variations. Open Forms: Terza Rima, The Quatrain, The Rubai, Rhyme Royal, Ottava Rima, Spenserian Stanza. Adopting and Adapting. Poetry Exercise 11

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III The Ballad. Poetry Exercise 12

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IV Heroic Verse. Poetry Exercise 13

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V The Ode: Sapphic, Pindaric, Horatian, The Lyric Ode, Anacreontics.

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VI Closed Forms: The Villanelle. Poetry Exercise 14. The Sestina. Poetry Exercise 15. The Pantoum, The Ballade.

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VII More Closed Forms: Rondeau, Rondeau Redouble, Rondel, Roundel, Rondelet, Roundelay, Triolet, Kyrielle. Poetry Exercise 16

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VIII Comic Verse: Cento, The Clerihew. The Limerick. Reflections on Comic and Impolite Verse. Light Verse. Parody. Poetry Exercise 17

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IX Exotic Forms: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka. Ghazal. Luc Bat. Tanaga. Poetry Exercise 18

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X The Sonnet: Petrarchan and Shakespearean. Curtal and caudate sonnets. Sonnet Variations and Romantic Duels. Poetry Exercise 19

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XI Shaped Verse. Pattern Poems. Silly, Silly Forms. Acrostics. Poetry Exercise 20

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4 Diction and Poetics Today




I The Whale. The Cat and the Act. Madeline. Diction. Being Alert to Language.

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II 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.

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INCOMPLETE GLOSSARY OF POETIC TERMS329
APPENDIX - Arnaud's Algorithm351
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS353
FURTHER READING357
Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter and director. He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as General Melchett in Blackadder. He has hosted over 180 episodes of QI, and has narrated all seven of the Harry Potter novels for the audiobook recordings. He is the bestselling author of four novels - The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus and The Liar - as well as three volumes of autobiography - Moab is My Washpot, The Fry Chronicles and More Fool Me. Mythos and Heroes, his retelling of the Greek myths, are both Sunday Times bestsellers.