Henry David Thoreau's Influence Of Transcendentalism In America

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Henry David Thoreau is known as one of the most relevant transcendentalist authors in America, not only thanks to his work as an author but also his ideology and activism as a normal individual. His transcendentalist way of both thinking and living was not only influenced by the fact that he lived in Concord, the cradle of transcendentalism in the US, but also by being in close touch with other great transcendentalists such as Bronson Alcott or Ralph Waldo Emerson. The latter one was probably the most influential on Thoreau’s development as a true transcendentalist, since Thoreau actually put into practice Emerson’s thought that in order to get to know who oneself truly is, you have to focus on Nature and devote yourself to it; and he captured his experience in the wonderfully descriptive and spiritual book Walden.
Thoreau’s approach to transcendentalism, as compared to other authors and thinkers of the time, is truly fascinating and somewhat of a practical example to the rest. While transcendentalists spoke of the importance of nature in our lives and how we should try and be as close to it as we can, Thoreau went and experienced it himself when he went to live at Walden pond for two years, two months and two days. He even recognizes the reason why he went there in the chapter “Where I lived and what I lived for”, when he says: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to
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