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Transcendentalism Of Henry David Thoreau
An examination of the American individualist's views on life, nature and primary human concerns, focusing on Transcendental qualities in "Walden."
# 15276 | 1,125 words | 5 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Jul 17, 2003 in Literature (American) , Philosophy (History - 19th Century)


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"Henry David Thoreau, in Walden, or Life in the Woods, describes, among many other experiences, the transcendental life-style he experienced in his two-year experiment at Walden Pond. Although Thoreau did not consider himself, and would never have considered himself, a member of any group which confined his individualism and independence with any sort of dogma, his outlook on life, nature and man's primary concerns in life and nature coincided with many of the essential Transcendentalist principles. His experiences and writings in Walden reflect his alignment with the Transcendentalists.


Transcendentalism is seen by its critics as an abstract and idealized conception in which the world is a spiritual realm where real life is left behind: "See the holes made in the bank yonder by the swallows. Take away the bank, and leave the..."

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