The first personal essay I ever wrote was written when I was thirty-one and was, in fact, closer toa memoir than to a personal essay. But I found myself greatly elated in writing about that sweetestof subjects-my own experience. Thirty-one, it occurs to me now, may be young to write personalessays. The personal essay is perhaps intrinsically a middle-aged or older writer's form in that itcalls for a certain experience of life and the disposition to reflect upon that experience. Since thattime, I have written perhaps a hundred personal essays, and I wonder if I mightn't conveysomething of what, from the writer's point of view, has gone into the making of these essays.
The following excerpt from Wole Soyinka's (Nigerian Nobel Laureate) Why Do I Fast? is an example of a personal essay. What follows is a short discussion of Soyinka's essay.
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