Readers are reminded that at the time of publication, Thoreau is back to living among the civilized again. Once he does this, all conversations seem to end with laughter and a strong sense of self. Much attention is devoted to the skepticism and wonderment with which townspeople greeted both him and his project as he tries to protect his views from those of the townspeople who seem to view society as the only place to live.
In order to put his ideas into action, Thoreau goes into the woods, literally, to Walden Pond, to live for two years and two months to He also lays in a good supply of firewood, and expresses affection for wood and fire. When the school closed, due to an illness his brother had contracted, Henry was forced to work for his father.
The wildness he enjoyed was the nearby swamp or forest, and he preferred "partially cultivated country. Consequently, he has something to say about many of the issues that concerned people in his own time, and that still concern us today.
If the day and the night make one joyful, one is successful. The sun is but a morning star.
But contact with real wilderness in Maine affected him far differently than had the idea of wilderness in Concord.
He devoured all the first-hand travel accounts available in his day, at a time when the last unmapped regions of the earth were being explored.
Bombastic at times, but definitely a romantic.
As a biographer of Brown put it, "If, as Alfred Kazin suggests, without John Brown there would have been no Civil War, we would add that without the Concord Transcendentalists, John Brown would have had little cultural impact.
While living at Walden Pond, Thoreau eventually started working on his masterwork, Walden also known as Life in the Woodsa book advocating for closeness to nature.
He studied at Harvard College between and Wyeth, the American painter, confessed to being "an enthusiastic student of Thoreau. To Thoreau, self-reliance can be both spiritual as well as economic.
Emerson introduced Thoreau to Transcendentalism, a spiritual and intellectual movement of which Thoreau would later become a leader. We lose contact with ourselves which ultimately makes us lose the ability to connect with other people. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.
An Annotated Edition  The first characteristic of Walden that is an example of Romantic escapism is that Thoreau literally leaves, escapes, the traditional day to day life he leads prior to his Walden experience. He travels into the woods to be solitary and to.
I haven’t read this essay by Thoreau but I very much enjoyed Walden. I agree that he was a romantic and he also embraced a rather extreme individualism. It is fine to march to your own drummer, but he did not acknowledge that marching was possible because other people were cheering him on.
— Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For", in Walden Thoreau felt a need to concentrate and work more on his writing. In MarchEllery Channing told Thoreau, "Go out upon that, build yourself a hut, & there begin the grand process of devouring yourself alive. In my opinion, Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau is an excellent example of a Romantic point of view.
Thoreau successfully conveys his Romantic ideas through his literature, and makes clear where he stands. When one reads Walden carefully, one can find many of the characteristics of Romanticism in it. Walden () Thoreau's book Walden is a reflection on his two years living in the woods near Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
The guy just took off to live in the middle of nowhere, in a cabin that he'd built. Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts on July 12, where he was raised with his siblings Helen, Sophia and John.
A brilliant young man, Thoreau graduated from Harvard College (now Harvard University) inDownload