Henry David Thoreau

About Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau  (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) (pronounced Thaw-roe) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist and historian. He is perhaps best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for an individual's responsibility in determining if their government's position is immoral or unjust. He was a contemporary and close friend of famous poet and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.

A lecture on Henry David Thoreau's Walden given by  Professor Annette Woodlief at Virginia Commonwealth University

    Poems by Henry David Thoreau

  • Though All the Fates

    Though All the Fates By Henry David Thoreau

    in Famous Life Poems

    Though all the fates should prove unkind,
    Leave not your native land behind.
    The ship, becalmed, at length stands still;
    The steed must rest beneath the hill;...

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  • Pray to What Earth

    Pray to What Earth By Henry David Thoreau

    in Famous Nature Poems

    Pray to what earth does this sweet cold belong,
    Which asks no duties and no conscience?
    The moon goes up by leaps, her cheerful path
    In some far summer stratum of the sky,...

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  • I Knew A Man By Sight

    in Famous Friendship Poems

    I knew a man by sight,
    A blameless wight,
    Who, for a year or more,
    Had daily passed my door, ...

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