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The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry
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Jul 29, 08

bookshelves: still-own
Recommended for: anyone interested in poems
Read in July, 2008

I went through 4 high school years of IB/AP English classes and then a Bachelor's degree in English (admittedly the technical writing track, but it still entailed many literature classes), but I think this book taught me more about poetry than all those classes. The schoolroom focused on particular works (and most often, novels or plays, except for a study of Shakespeare's sonnets); Fry focuses on the many, many forms of poetry and just gives specific works as examples, but it left me feeling I knew more about what went into those works than all the time I spent picking apart figures of speech in sonnet 73. And unlike all the literature textbooks, the informational material is as much or more fun to read as the poems; it has personality, which is almost never found in textbooks.
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