Archives For Henry David Thoreau

 

Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

    

Engaging the Doctrine of Creation: Cosmos, Creatures, and the Wise and Good Creator

Matthew Levering

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Yesterday marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau.

Although best known for his books Walden and Civil Disobedience, one of Thoreau’s most poignant works for our fast-paced world is his treatise on walking.

 

Here are five of the most relevant and compelling passages from this work:

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1) To Walk is to Saunter

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Forest-Creek

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Henry David Thoreau…

In honor of the occasion, here are four of our favorite poems of his.

 

These poems are all found in the volume Excursions and Poems,
which is available as a FREE ebook in a variety of formats from Project Gutenberg!
 

Nature
Henry David Thoreau

O Nature! I do not aspire
To be the highest in thy quire,–
To be a meteor in the sky,
Or comet that may range on high;
Only a zephyr that may blow
Among the reeds by the river low;
Give me thy most privy place
Where to run my airy race.

In some withdrawn, unpublic mead
Let me sigh upon a reed,
Or in the woods, with leafy din,
Whisper the still evening in:
Some still work give me to do,–
Only–be it near to you!

For I’d rather be thy child
And pupil, in the forest wild,
Than be the king of men elsewhere,
And most sovereign slave of care:
To have one moment of thy dawn,
Than share the city’s year forlorn.

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“Pray to what earth
does this sweet cold belong”
Henry David Thoreau

Pray to what earth does this sweet cold belong,
Which asks no duties and no conscience?

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“Woof of the Sun”
Henry David Thoreau

(1817-1862)

 

Woof of the sun, ethereal gauze,
Woven of Nature’s richest stuffs,
Visible heat, air-water, and dry sea,
Last conquest of the eye;
Toil of the day displayed, sun-dust,
Aerial surf upon the shores of earth,
Ethereal estuary, frith of light,
Breakers of air, billows of heat,
Fine summer spray on inland seas;
Bird of the sun, transparent–winged
Owlet of noon, soft-pinioned,
From hearth or stubble rising without song;
Establish thy serenity o’er the fields.

 

 

“Rebirth is Possible”

 

A Review of
Woodsburner.
A Novel by John Pipkin.

 Reviewed by Jonathan Schindler.

 


Woodsburner:
A novel.

John Pipkin.
Hardcover: Nan A. Talese, 2009.
Buy now:  [ Doulos Christou Books $20 ] [ Amazon ]

 

The woods are dry. No rain has fallen for some time, and the forest is parched. It awaits either water to sustain it or a spark to set it aflame. Either way, something must change, whether by growth or purgation.

      Such is the state of the woods outside Concord in John Pipkin’s debut novel, Woodsburner. Such also is the state of the characters who populate his narrative.

      Woodsburner revolves around an event in the life of Henry David Thoreau. In the spring of 1844, Thoreau, presumably to escape the monotony of his life as a pencil designer, spent a day on Fair Haven Pond with his friend Edward Sherman Hoar. Overcome with hunger, he paused in the Concord woods to prepare a fish chowder, lighting a fire that set the forest ablaze. Nearly 300 acres of the woods were destroyed as a result. Against this backdrop Pipkin fills in the details and weaves his tale of longing, destruction, and rebirth.

      At the time of the fire, Henry David is in a state of quiet yearning. His life is disappointing. He achieves success at his father’s pencil factory, but he longs for loftier things. He could endure his vocational doom while his brother was alive, but now that he is dead—unexpectedly dispatched by a rusty razor—Henry David has reached the point of despair. He is indecisive, but his indecision has driven him to resignation: He will always be what he is now.

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