Henry david thoreau (july 12, 1817 - may 6, 1862) was an american essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian a leading transcendentalist, thoreau is best known for his book walden , a reflection upon simple living in natural. Thoreau expounded on the benefits of unhurried walking in fields and the woods, and he viewed walking as a self-reflective act that yields self-knowledge unavailable elsewhere. Thoreau highlights the wonder of the wilderness through the art of walking (260) which he insists is an activity that one should partake in for a good four or more hours a day aml 4453: visions of the land nineteenth-century american literature and the environment.
For thoreau walking was a ritual not a mechanical physical process or a mindless activity this long essay--for that is what it is--can be read in a few hours but it is large in scope. Buy a cheap copy of walking book by henry david thoreau an unabridged, illustrated edition of walking with an introduction by ralph waldo emerson and the essay night and moonlight, at books end free shipping over $10. Walking (1862) is an essay by henry david thoreau, that was originally published in the the atlantic monthly, volume 9, issue 56, pp 657-674it began as a lecture called the wild, delivered by henry at the concord lyceum on april 23, 1851. Written around the 1850s and published in 1862, henry david thoreau's walking is a strong written piece that focuses on the importance of nature to mankind.
Henry david thoreau, noted transcendentalist, wrote walking as a message of the battle between the importance of nature and the pull of the demands of society, while at the same time writing his other environmental work, walden.
Walking by henry david thoreau i wish to speak a word for nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil,—to. Henry david thoreau, the naturalist, philosopher, and author of such classics as walden and civil disobedience, contributed a number of writings to the atlantic in its early years the month. Thoreau's essay walking grew out of journal entries developed in 1851 into two lectures, walking and the wild, which were delivered in 1851 and 1852, and again in 1856 and 1857 thoreau combined the lectures, separated them in 1854, and worked them together again for publication in 1862, as he was dying.
This essay by henry david thoreau is about the author's joy in living in nature and in the present walking is a short read and nicely encapsulates many of thoreau's themes from walden pond and his other works. 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 and parcel of nature, rather than a member of society. Essays of henry david thoreau - walking, p8, editora dracaena it is a surprising and memorable, as well as valuable experience, to be lost in the woods any time henry david thoreau.
Thoreau's guide to walking philosophically i have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of walking, that is of taking walks - who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering. 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. Walking, which is available as a free ebook, is a brisk and immensely invigorating read in its entirety, as thoreau goes on to explore the usefulness of useless knowledge, the uselessness of given names, and how private property is killing our capacity for wildness.