Philosopher, Poet, And Journalist: Henry David Thoreau

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The Philosopher, Poet, and Journalist: Henry David Thoreau “The world is but a canvas to our imagination.” Henry David Thoreau was an American writer known for his naturalist and philosophical writings. Most people remember Henry for his book Walden, where he spent two years at Ralph Waldo Emerson’s pond, Walden Pond. “He also became known for his beliefs in Transcendentalism and civil disobedience, and was a dedicated abolitionist” (Biography.com). Without writers like Thoreau, our literature would lack a sense of nature, the thinking’s of reality and existence. Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Massachusetts and was surrounded by his older siblings Helen and John, and their younger sister Sophia. Their father ran a pencil factory, while their mother rented parts of their house to boarders. Henry had a close relationship with his brother John, who taught school to help pay for Henry’s tuition at Harvard. Henry and John ran a school, but they had to shut it down in 1842 when John cut himself while shaving and died of lockjaw in Henry’s arms. With not knowing what to do, Henry joined his father back in the pencil factory for a period of time (Early Life). Nevertheless, Thoreau attended Harvard College where he studied Greek, Latin, and German. Henry had to take a break from his schooling because of …show more content…
His publication, Civil Disobedience, was inspired by his encounter with the law. Henry had to spend the night at a jail for refusing to pay poll tax. Civil Disobedience is Thoreau’s most-known and most influencing essays. The essays were published in 1849 and, all around the world, have inspired many leaders of protest movements. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi were inspired by the essay Civil Disobedience. “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man” Civil Disobedience. (Later

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