Stephen Fry

The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within

“You can never read a poem too slowly.”

Gentle, supportive guidance from the inimitable Stephen Fry (b. 1957) to unlocking a “primal impulse:” writing poetry.

By belaboring technique, practice and exercises, The Ode Less Travelled steers us through an art form that appears far more daunting than it is. (Hint: it’s all about rhythm).

Many wonderful books of poetry fill my shelves – – these agents of pause and civility with this help of this superlative guide, I might begin to understand them, or at least appreciate the difficult work that borne them. Any aspiring poet or reader of poetry should own this book, read it, underline it thoroughly. (I feel sheepish not writing any of this advice in verse.)

In his memoir, The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography, Fry said he was a born teacher. I would agree, his gift is dueling vulnerability and strength, intelligence and innocence, elitism and qualities of every-man.

Read Fry’s lovely companion along with poetry from a few 20th century British poets Denise Levertov and A.E. Housman.