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  • Walking 1-15 (3 comments)

    • Comment by Jeffrey Taylor on April 23, 2018

      Thoreau here sets a high ideal for a walk in the good sense.  It is not a walk through the city.  It is not a walk on the highway which connects rural farmers with the nearby town.  It is a directionless walk in the woods, following not track or trail.  The point here I take it is that taking a route from point to point with a plan and purpose is not what Thoreau has in mind.  A walk in the good sense must be a thing in itself, whole as simply a walk that is a walk and nothing more.  Any purpose or intent violates the purity of the thing itself.  If we are guided by intents and purposes we will not hear the poem that is the song of creation.  The society of main street will be too much with us for our ears to listen.

      Comment by Alireza Taghdarreh on December 3, 2021

      [Half the walk is but retracing our steps.]

      It was this far reaching vision of Henry Thoreau who brought him to my literature and culture in Iran. I am Thoreau’s Iranian translator. Thoreau did not wish to retrace the path he had already covered. He just moved forward until he reached far away horizons. That is how we find him in my country. Thoreau paid very deep attention to Sa’di who is a great Persian poet. America is young. It is separated from many parts of the world by two oceans. Walking without retracing your path creates a great cosmopolitan spirit.

      Comment by Alireza Taghdarreh on March 23, 2022

      Being part and parcel of Nature imprisons man and reduces him to a limited and lower level of existence.  In Nature, Emerson rises above nature and says, ““Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house, a world; and beyond its world a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you: build, therefore, your own world.”

      In Walden, Thoreau carries the same spirit and says, “I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself.”

      I think Thoreau does not mean that man should be part and parcel of Nature per se. What he means is that being part and parcel of nature is better than being a member of the civilized world. ‌

      In any case, I am curious to read this important essay to the end to see if this “Walking” is going to be merely within the boundaries of nature or it is going to take us to that little moon and sun, and that “little world” Thoreau has to himself.

  • Walking 61-75 (1 comment)

    • Comment by Jayant Kulkarni on August 16, 2019

      Hi !

      Can anyone tell me the meaning of this para ?

      Looking forward to help in this regard.

      Warm Regards,

      Jayant Kulkarni


  • Title Page - 1862 (3 comments)

    • Comment by Alireza Taghdarreh on December 5, 2017

      Are there going to be discussions on walking here? Like Walden?

      Comment by Keith Badger on April 22, 2024

      Is anybody out there in cyberspace reading this?

      Comment by Paul Schacht on April 22, 2024

      @longwalkerbadger There are lots of comments here that have been posted by students and teachers but that you won’t see because they’ve been posted in private groups. It would be great to see more comments in this “General Discussion” group, since it’s public. Dive in and try to get a conversation going! There’ll be a workshop on using the site at this year’s Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, and hopefully that will inspire more folks to join the discussion.

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