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- Comment on Spring 14-26 by Claire CorbeauxPosted in: ENGL 340 S19 Geneseo I really love this paragraph and believe that it demonstrates the power of language and Thoreau's command over it. Many often critique language and claim that it is an insufficient descriptive tool that is guilty of cheapening the experiences or objects it attempts to describe. However, these lines written […]
- Comment on The Pond in Winter 1-10 by Claire CorbeauxPosted in: ENGL 340 S19 Geneseo [The things which they practise are said not yet to be known.] I find this line to be very interesting, perhaps due to Thoreau's constant back and forth, where he simultaneously lauds and condemns individuals for not being educated in the ways that he claims all peoples should be. […]
- Comment on The Pond in Winter 1-10 by Claire CorbeauxPosted in: ENGL 340 S19 Geneseo This line, in particular, gave me pause, not simply because of how beautifully it is written, but because of the connections I find between this line and our class discussions regarding technology, specifically the internet. The word "ether" brings the idea of the internet to mind, as the internet […]
- Comment on Brute Neighbors 10-18 by Elizabeth GellmanPosted 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 GellmanPosted 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, […]