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Exercise #377

Exercise #377: Self Knowledge
Posted 7/16/10

This comes from Robert Fulghum’s Web site, as part of his list of questions for strangers; his way of getting around social shyness. His site:

Robert says, “Do you know a poem well enough to recite it to me?”

So I offer this question to you. Do you know one poem - not your own - well enough to recite it to someone? What is it about this poem that causes it to stick with you? Surely there’s a story!

If you can find a link to the poem, you may include it, but please do not “recite” the poem in your SUB. I’m not sure how copyright laws would feel about doing so.

You may, if you wish, show a character tackling this exercise instead.

Critiquers, with an exercise like this one, you might choose to answer these questions rather than using a different technique for critiquing the piece:
     * Did you catch any spelling errors or other standard proofreading items? If so, note them for the author.
     * Do you know this poem? If not, and there was a link, did you go out and read it? Does it speak to you, too?
     * Did the tale of the poem’s meaning to the author touch you? How?

Word limit: 1200
Please use the subject line:
             SUB: Exercise #377/yourname

Why this is a self-knowledge exercise: It amazes me whenever I think about what we choose to remember and how some things are easily retained while others are not. Remembering this poem will trigger other memories, and tell you a bit about who you are.

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