The Ode Less Travelled
by Stephen Fry
I came across this lighthearted – but far from superficial – book in a Kensington bookstore last year. I didn’t buy it then, thinking I wouldn’t really want to carry it around all day, and that perhaps it was a momentary whim. It stuck somewhere in memory, though, and – wonders! marvels! – the public library has a copy. So here we are.
Plenty of people are Sunday painters, Fry observes, and we all think that playing an instrument is a nice thing to do for fun. Why not verse? Fry takes a look at the nuts and bolts of writing poetry, especially using very traditional forms for comic effect.
With neat Adonic final line
Her sex life wan’t quite the norm
And nor is mine.
Want to write an amusing sestina, or dash off a memorable ballad? Fry is your guy.