Non-Fiction Books:

The Ode Less Travelled

A guide to writing poetry
Click to share your rating 4 ratings (4.8/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!


Paperback / softback
Available from supplier

The item is brand new and in-stock with one of our preferred suppliers. The item will ship from a Mighty Ape warehouse within the timeframe shown.

Usually ships in 2-3 weeks

Buy Now, Pay Later with:

Afterpay is available on orders $100 to $2000 Learn more


Delivering to:

Estimated arrival:

  • Around 30 Jul - 9 Aug using International Courier

Buy together

10% of people buy The Ode Less Travelled and Paperweight ~ Paperback / softback ~ Stephen Fry.

Buy together: $66.06

Customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars Based on 4 Customer Ratings

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Write a Review
"Glad to have this informative book on poetry writing"
4 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

This is the best book I've come across collecting together most of the major forms of poetry. He teaches the necessary skills to develop techniques needed for a good understanding of how

to write in varied poetic forms. If I have one criticism it is that Mr Fry does go on at too much length at times, and his tone can be a little condescending. This apart I've found the book a really useful one and I'd suggest using it as a resource rather than as a course of instruction to follow.

"How to write poetry - and have heaps of fun doing it!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

I had borrowed this book from the library but soon realised it was one I had to own. It's an invaluable ‘guide book’ on writing poetry in all its various forms, and it's also heaps of fun – Stephen Fry is hugely entertaining.


Stephen Fry's The Ode Less Travelled provides us with a witty and entertaining guide to the mysteries of writing poetry. If you can speak and read English, you can write poetry. The trick is knowing where to start. Stephen Fry, 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.

Author Biography:

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.
Release date Australia
September 6th, 2007
  • General (US: Trade)
Product ID

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

Filed under...