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  • Comment on Brute Neighbors 10-18 by Elizabeth Gellman
    Posted in: ENGL 340 S19 Geneseo I'm fascinated by Thoreau's attention to small detail and to all types of nature and animals, including some that many are repulsed by, like ants. While many would be disgusted by ants and pay little attention them, Thoreau is interested to watch the ants in action, and even makes […]
  • Comment on The Village by Elizabeth Gellman
    Posted in: ENGL 340 S19 Geneseo Thoreau's political views become evident in this passage: he was an abolitionist, and he refuses to pay taxes to a state that supports and participates in slavery. He explains, "I did not pay a tax to, or recognize the authority of, the state which buys and sells men, women, […]
  • Comment on House-Warming 1-9 by Elizabeth Gellman
    Posted in: ENGL 340 S19 Geneseo Here, Thoreau refers to the destruction of nature in terms of commercialized farming. He explains how the farmer plucks cranberries "with an ugly rake, leaving the smooth meadow in a snarl, heedlessly measuring them by the bushel and the dollar only." Thoreau disapproves of the farmers who destroy the […]
  • Comment on Reading by Elyse Manosh
    Posted in: ENGL 340 S19 Geneseo [The symbol of an ancient man’s thought becomes a modern man’s speech.] When we're unpacking the digital humanities, we're contemplating how scholars are building electronic resources (like this very website) that put literary texts in historical contexts. This quote makes me think of the idea that historical texts can […]
  • Comment on Spring 14-26 by Sean McAneny
    Posted in: ENGL 340 S19 Geneseo At the International English Honor Society Convention this year, a student presented a paper on Lucretian materialism in Keats. Lucretius was a Roman philosopher and poet who put forth the idea that we never materially die, rather our substance (atoms, cells, organs) break down and re-manifest into new, natural […]