Henry David Thoreau http://eserver.org/thoreau/walden00.html. On Walden Pond http://www.stevencscheer.com/thoreau.htm. Walden.
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On Walden Pond
Civil War Poem
CatalogingLeaves of Grass
Worked with bold strokes on a broad canvas
Public spokesman for the masses
“If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.”
Dickinson: Worked with the delicacy of a minimalist
Private and shy
Obscure/nobody – peering through the curtains of her house.
Found in nature metaphors for her spirit and recorded without a thought of her audience.
“This is my letter to the world that never spoke to me.”Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) vs. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
“Faith” is a fine invention
When Gentlemen can see-
But Microscopes are prudent
In an Emergency
To a discerning Eye-
Much Sense-the starkest Madness-
‘Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail-
Assent-and you are sane-
Demur-you’re straightway dangerous-
And handled with a Chain-435