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- Comment on The Village by Nikolete MichalkowPosted in: ENGL 340 S24 Geneseo "Yet, though many people of every class came this way to the pond, I suffered no serious inconvenience from these sources, and I never missed any thing but one small book, a volume of Homer, which perhaps was improperly gilded, and this I trust a soldier of our camp has […]
- Comment on Visitors 12-18 by Owen VincentPosted in: ENGL 340 S24 Geneseo [He could defend many institutions better than any philosopher, because, in describing them as they concerned him, he gave the true reason for their prevalence, and speculation had not suggested to him any other.] Thoreau praises a friend of his for what would seem to be simple-mindedness, but is […]
- Comment on Visitors 1-11 by Kera GillettePosted in: ENGL 340 S24 Geneseo I found his use of the line, "only vermin which infest them" very interesting and thought it may relate to very wealthy people with massive houses, and little happiness. Other sections of this reading suggest that Thoreau is predominantly a hermit and rejects the societal need to congregate. However […]
- Comment on The Village by Victoria SladePosted in: ENGL 340 S24 Geneseo I found this paragraph to be very interesting since Thoreau views society in such a different way. He starts off the paragraph by discussing how upon going into the village, he was arrested because he was not paying taxes to the state. He says he finds it strange that […]
- Comment on Where I Lived, And What I Lived For 13-23 by ClairePosted in: ENGL 340 S24 Geneseo Thoreau describes his experience of connecting with nature as part of his new routine. He does so by taking a physical bath in a natural body of water, dividing himself from the modern-day technologies and traditions. He stresses the idea of morning, referencing the Greek Goddess of Dawn and […]