Subscribers to the “Nudgery News” newsletter during April 2011, National Poetry Month, receive my e-book, Nudged by Quotes—20 Writing Prompts Inspired by The World’s Great Poetry, Volume 10: Poetical Quotations. As I was writing this e-book, I cut a few of the nudges for various reasons. Here’s a quote and nudge that do not appear in Nudged by Quotes:
I live not in myself, but I become
Portion of that around me; and to me
High mountains are a feeling, but the hum
Of human cities torture.
–George Gordon, Lord Byron
Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: Canto the Third, LXXII
Not everyone finds the “hum of cities” painful, and the “feeling” high mountains bring may not be a positive one for you. Consider how you “become portion” of your various environments. What surroundings stimulate you, soothe you, intimidate you? What effect does a “humming” condition, such as a crowded shopping mall or jammed rock concert, have on you? Are you at peace in the silence of nature, or are you someone who doesn’t become as one easily with the outdoors?
Examine these environments in the various ways you encounter them. For instance, standing on an overlook gazing on mountain ranges is very different from having to drive winding roads with hairpin turns. A busy downtown street during the holiday season carries different sensations from a busy downtown street in a traffic jam on a blazing, humid August day.