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  • Thoreau's Walden
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    Thoreau and his book, Walden, has been inspirational in my life. Thoreau was stimulated by the natural things he found in life; he shunned the artificial. The manufactured collections that most of us work on through our lives are bogus - and costly: we sweat, we labour, we toil, we worry: and we rarely ask ourselves to what purpose Happily for Thoreau, and for all of us, a ticket to nature is free. For Thoreau the answer was to live happily and simply. For Thoreau this could not only be done ine...
  • Thoreau's Revision Of Emerson
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    Most people think Thoreau to be in the shadow of Wordsworth. Thoreau strongly seeks to evade Emerson wherever he cannot revise him directly. Only "Walden" was exempt from censure. Thoreau was a kind of American Mahatma Gandhi, a Tolstoyan hermit practicing native arts and crafts out in the woods. He was not really an oppositional or dialectical thinker, like Emerson, though certainly an oppositional personality, as the sacred Emerson was not. Being also something of an elitist, again and unlike ...
  • Depths Of Thoreau's Life At Walden Pond
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    Born in 1817, in Concord, Henry David Thoreau became one of the greatest writers among the American Renaissance. Thoreau based his whole philosophy on the fact that man needed to get rid of material things in order to be an individual. An exquisitely educated man, Thoreau went to Harvard, which placed heavy emphasis on the classics. Thoreau studied a curriculum that included grammar and composition, mathematics, English, history, and various philosophies. He also spoke fluently in Italian, Frenc...
  • Walden Thoreau
    808 words
    Henry David Thoreau was bon on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts, on his grandmother's farm. Thoreau was of French-Huguenot and Scottish-Quaker decent. Thoreau was interested in writing at an early age. At the age of ten he wrote his first essay "The seasons". He attended Concord Academy until 1833 when he was accepted to Harvard University but with his pending financial situation he was forced to attend Cambridge in August of 1833. In September of 1833 with the help of his family he was a...
  • Thoreau And Zen Religion
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    If I were asked who my favourite Western Zen philosopher was, without any hesitation, I would declare it to be Henry David Thoreau. Although he knew in translation the religious writings of the Hindus, it may be unlikely that Henry David Thoreau ever studied the teachings of the Zen Masters. Even then, the insight within his own personal writings would irrefutably make him master of his own temple. The wisdom found within Thoreau's Walden can be clarified through Zen Buddhist beliefs and ideas a...
  • Thoreau Points
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    In Henry David Thoreaus infamous novel Walden, we are shown endless paradoxes that stem from the authors deep and insightful views into natures universal connections with the human race. Thoreau makes himself a quest of finding the meaning to our existence by investigating nature from different perspectives that our preoccupied society constantly overlooks. Two of these perspectives are of viewing nature from a mountaintop or panoramic view and the other being from our own earthly foundations. A...
  • Thoreau's Walden
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    In Henry David Thoreau's Walden it is quite evident that Thoreau seeks to control the world in which he lives. The book is about Thoreau taking control of his life by moving away from society so that he can live by himself. Thoreau's going back to the primitive if you will. Thoreau feels that society has strayed too far from the pursuit of excellence and purity. He states that man has become too ambitious and too greedy. Man desires to own and gain too many things. People are not living simply a...
  • Thoreau In The Mornings
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    Walden - Sounds Summary For all the greatness of literature, there is a greater language of life, the language without metaphor. It is the language where things happen: rays of light shine through the window, the bean plants blossom in the garden, the birds flit through the house. "I love a broad margin to my life", Thoreau writes. Attention to the present moment will make life as exciting as a novel because life then becomes the entertainment. Time is no longer divided into units, but flows bet...
  • Familiar With Thoreau's Writing
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    here's been some talk on this list lately about how we should distance environmentalism from the Unabomber, and foil attempts by the media to unite the two. Shouldn't we also look inward, and see if in any way a love of ature does or can lead to antipathy to humans he relationship between environmentalism and violence had been on my mind prior to Ted Kaczynski's arrest, because I had been reading Mind Hunter, John Douglas's memoir of his career heading the FBI's serial crimes unit. In passing, D...
  • Thoreau's Heaven
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    The Heaven Below Henry David Thoreau's time spent at Walden Pond led him to a complex, manifold understanding of nature itself, as well as the nature of man. Thoreau's time on Walden Pond, however, led him to an equally elaborate and intricate awareness of spiritual truths. As Thoreau writes in "The Pond in Winter" chapter of Walden, "Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads" (283). Although seemingly placed quite nonchalantly at the end of the paragraph, this statement is a key into t...
  • Thoreaus Retreat To Walden Pond
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    Born David Henry Thoreau, Thoreau chose to legally change his name at the age of twenty, to make it the name that would later become the highly recognized and respected name of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau chose a different path for his life than many other individuals during his time, he rejected the normal ideas of a democratic government and based his life on the ideas of transcendentalism. Thoreau is best known for living two years of his life at Walden Pond, but there are more aspects of hi...
  • Written During Thoreau's Stay At Walden Pond
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    Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts, on July 12, 1817. He was born to parents that were very intelligent, yet poor and undistinguished. Despite their struggle with poverty, "their home was a center of affection and vivacity". Thoreau was the third of four children and he showed an early love of nature and was the "scholar" of the family, going on to learn many languages. Because Henry showed so much promise as a student, his parents sent him to Concord Academy. He later went o...
  • Thoreau Left Walden Pond
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    Henry David Thoreau was a man who expressed his beliefs of society, government, and mankind while living under his own self-criticism. Thoreau believed he had many weaknesses which made him a failure. This strong disapproval of himself contrasted with his powerful words and strong actions. These contradictions led to some of Thoreau's greatest pieces of literature. Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on July 12, 1817, in his grandmother's house. Thoreau believed that Concord w...
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    He spent his life in voluntary poverty, enthralled by the study of nature. Two years, in the prime of his life, were spent living in a shack in the woods near a pond. Who would choose a life like this Henry David Thoreau did, and he enjoyed it. Who was Henry David Thoreau, what did he do, and what did others think of his work Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on July 12, 1817 ("Thoreau" 96), on his grandmother's farm. Thoreau, who was of French-Huguenot and Scottish-Quaker a...
  • Walden
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    Walden, a radical and controversial perspective on society that was far beyond its time, first-handedly chronicles Henry David Thoreau's two-year stay on Walden Pond, away from civilization. With nature as his only teacher, Thoreau is taught some of the most valuable lessons of his lifetime. One of Thoreau's most prominent natural learned lessons is his deeply rooted sense of himself and his connection with the natural world. He relates nature, and his experiences within it, to his personal self...
  • Records Of Thoreau's Stay At Walden Pond
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    Why was Henry David Thoreau such a wonderful writer? He had many great qualities, but the most important were his devotion to nature and writing, his desire for independence, and his experiences he encountered throughout his life. Henry David Thoreau looked to nature as the basis of life and writing. He believed that nature is the reflection of inner spiritual reality. He spent his life in search of the essentials of reality and of experiences that would bring him close to these essentials. He l...

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