“I Sing of Myself”–Write2Day

A couple of days ago, I got a strange request from the woman working with my publisher who is responsible for developing a publicity kit to help with the sales of my novel, Winter is Past. She asked me to provide her with a quote from me about me. That is to say, “Victoria, on Victoria…”

A weird coincidence, indeed, in that, each morning as I do my exercises, I listen to a CD from The Teaching Company–an online resource that offers college courses by well-respected professors on every topic you can imagine. Currently, I’m studying a course: How to Read and Understand Poetry by Professor Willard Spiegelman of Southern Methodist University.

In the lecture I had just heard, Spiegelman, in discussing free verse, had turned his attention to Walt Whitman who was at the head of the free verse revolution in America. Perhaps you will recall his rather lengthy poem, Song of Myself,  in which he sings and celebrates his own being. Here is the opening stanza:

“I celebrate myself and sing myself,
And what I shall assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you…”

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For today’s prompt, I challenge you to write, whether in poetry or prose, a song of yourself. Share a bit of who you are as a gift to all of us.

To participate, write your poem or prose, post it on your blog, copy and paste the direct URL to the Mr. Linky thingamajig at the bottom of this page. Take a few moment to visit other participants and comment on their work as well…especially those who have taken time to do the same for you. Have fun, and don’t be afraid to show your stuff.


12 thoughts on ““I Sing of Myself”–Write2Day

  1. Becky says:

    This is a great prompt!
    I’m not sure I can do it… but I’ll see what develops and hopefully be back!


  2. Jamie Dedes says:

    Oh, I love Witman’s “Song of Myself” … What a wonderful suggestion, Victoria.


  3. claudia says:

    great idea… but probably not so easy as it sounds.. also an interesting book you mention…how to read and understand poetry…think i should put this on my books to read list..


    • Actually, Claudia, it’s not a book but CD’s (or DVD’s) from a company called “The Teaching Company.” They have college courses in everything you can imagine. I’ve studied Mythology, Best Selling American Novels, Mysticism and more. I have World Literature and Buddhism waiting to be listened to.


  4. souldipper says:

    What a challenge, Victoria. I’m so out of time that writing has been given an apology… Partly – I have a bunch of computer/internet updating and maintenance. None of it provides “think time”.

    I hope you are well. I went to my bookstore, to see if I could buy your book from them. I don’t know anything about book selling profits, but he did not offer to order it for me. He simply said, “I’d have to go through the same stuff as you with Amazon.” I don’t know if that meant he would not get any payment for his time, but that may be an issue for self publishing authors.

    You probably know all about this…


  5. Wow, that’s a tough one. A song for myself… We’ll see.


  6. tigerbrite says:

    The promt took me back to early childhood. I was a strange sort of kid.


  7. Amy says:

    Great challenge – I will spend some time with this one and see what comes out. Hmmm…


  8. ManicDdaily says:

    Hi Victoria! Glad to see you back. Hope all is well. I’m linking an older poem. K.


  9. jmgoyder says:

    This is a challenge I don’t think I’m up to!


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