If you love reading poems and have, in the darker corners of your mind, explored the possibility of writing some yourself (or have already done so), this book will be your oyster. Not only does it contain a clearly structured introduction to poetic diction, styles and forms, it is also written in a most entertaining manner as you would expect of Stephen Fry. Fry knows the tricks of the trade and guides you through the jungle of poetry like the encouraging teacher you always wished you had. At the end of each chapter, an exercise awaits you where you can put your newly acquired knowledge into practice. So get out your pen and paper and enjoy!
Stepehen Fry - the modern day Oscar Wilde - set out to give us back the love for poetry that might have been stifled by school or misuse. On over 300 pages he tells us how poetry works and gives us exercises on how to do it ourselves.
With many examples from literature - and some he wrote himself - he shows us the mechanisms behind meaning and atmosphere.
This is not really for the beginner in literature, because Mr. Fry's language is not only very enjoyable, but also quite complex. But if you try it, you will find the pull of his "lessons" nearly inresistible.