Monthly Archives: November 2014

DAILY WALKING 11-23-2014

The Pursuit and Comprehension of the Wild (5) Walking as presented in the essay is man’s attempt to seek and to understand the wild, to confront it directly, on its own terms, outside of ordinary life and of what we … Continue reading

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DAILY WALKING 11-22-2014

The Pursuit and Comprehension of the Wild (4) Thoreau prophesies an American mythology based on the potential of the west. In contrast, the east, where lies the Old World, represents the history, art, and literature of the past. In “Walking” … Continue reading

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DAILY WALKING 11-21-2014

The Pursuit and Comprehension of the Wild (3) In defining all that he means by wildness, or “the Wild,” Thoreau develops the metaphor of “the West.” The west, the direction in which he prefers to walk, evokes the American frontier … Continue reading

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DAILY WALKING 11-19-2014

The Pursuit and Comprehension of the Wild (1) Henry David Thoreau prepared the essay “Walking” for publication during his final months. It forms part of a cluster of natural history writings that he worked on late in his life. (Among … Continue reading

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LIVING BY POETRY 11-18-2014

“Divorced”  / Derrel Emmerson When Dad divorced us                                                                  … Continue reading

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DAILY WALKING 11-18-2014

Not every man should be cultivated, nor every part of one man. Henry David Thoreau writes that “the greater part will be meadow and forest, not only serving an immediate use, but preparing a mould against a distant future, by … Continue reading

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LIVING BY POETRY 11-17-2014

“On His Blindness”  / John Milton  When I consider how my light is spent                                                     … Continue reading

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DAILY WALKING 11-17-2014

Henry David Thoreau finds truth in “the wildest dreams of wild men,” even though these truths defy common sense. He is drawn to “wild fancies, which transcend the order of time and development.” All good things, he declares, are wild … Continue reading

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DAILY WALKING 11-20-2014

The Pursuit and Comprehension of the Wild (2) Thoreau makes clear in the first sentence of “Walking” that nature in its most intense form — “absolute freedom and wildness” — is his subject. Throughout the essay, he exalts unconfined wildness … Continue reading

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Daily Walking 11-11-2014

Thoreau declares in the first sentence of “Walking”: “I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil, — to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part … Continue reading

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