Transcendentalism In Self-Reliance And Henry David Thoreau's Conscience?
The first difference between the two writings is the setting in which both are written in. Thoreau typically wrote in the presence of the outdoors, in which he would interweave natural observation and personal thought. It is assumed that he wrote his poem “Conscience” encompassed by nature. Emerson typically wrote in the company of his home where he felt sheltered and inspired by privacy and self-thought. It is also believed that he wrote this essay in the privacy of his home. Emerson’s ability to understand nature and extract symbolic meaning from it is remarkable, however his own personal experiences with the nature around him were generally rare. Thoreau’s understanding of the world enabled him to appreciate the integrity of nature, and furthermore spend time embracing and experiencing the outdoors around him