The following exercises are writing assignments from Stephen Fry’s excellent book The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within. Some of them were very challenging and it took me about half a year of procrastination to finish. Reading Fry’s examples for each exercise was very entertaining and I looked around on the internet, expecting to find many examples written by others. Sadly, I didn’t have much luck finding any, which is one of the reasons I’ve posted my own writings in the hope of entertaining/encouraging other readers of Fry’s book and inspiring other poetry lovers to give it a try.
NB. I’ve included abbreviated summaries of the assignments, but the book has much more detail. Also, please excuse the poor formatting on several of the poems; this free WordPress blog doesn’t give me the ability to include the indentation that I would desire.