The Ode Less Travelled
unlocking the poet within
How we speak ; Meet metre ; The great iamb ; The iambic pentameter
End-stopping, enjambment and caesura ; Weak endings, trochaic and pyrhhic substitutions ; Substitutions
More metres : four beats to the line ; Mixed feet
Ternary feet : the dactyl, the molossus and tribrach, the amphibrach, the amphimacer, quaternary feet
Anglo-Saxon attitudes ; Sprung rhythm
Syllabic verse ; Coleridge's 'Lesson for a boy'
Table of metric feet
pt. 2. Rhyme.
The basic categories of rhyme ; Partial rhymes ; Feminine and triple rhymes ; Rich rhyme
Good and bad rhyme? ; A thought experiment ; Rhyming practice and rhyming dictionaries
pt. 3. Form.
The stanza ; What is form and why bother with it?
Stanzaic variations ; Open forms : terza rima, the quartrain, the rubai, rhyme royal, ottava rima, Spenserian stanza ; Adopting and adapting
The ode : Sapphic, Pindaric, Horatian, the lyric ode, anacreontics
Closed forms : the villanelle ; The sestina ; The pantoum, the ballade
More closed forms: rondeau ; rondeau redoublé, rondel, roundel, rondelet, roundelelay, triolet, kyrielle
Comic verse : cento, the clerihew ; The limerick ; Reflections on comic and impolite verse ; Light verse ; Parody
Exotic forms : haiku, senryu, tanka ; Ghazal ; Luc bat ; Tanaga
The sonnet : Petrarchan and Shakespearean ; Curtal and caudate sonnets ; Sonnet variations and romantic duels
Shaped verse ; Pattern poems ; Silly, silly forms ; Acrostics
pt. 4. Diction and poetics today.
The whale ; The cat and the act ; Madeline ; Diction ; Being alert to language
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
Incomplete glossary of poetic terms
Appendix : Arnaud's algorithm
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Fry starts with three Golden Rules: take your time, don't be afraid, and always have a notebook with you. From there he explores the basics of metre, rhyme, and form. Rest assured that all lessons are imparted with humor and lots of examples. Enjoy!
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