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Andy Campbell Mrs.

Nogarr AP English 3, Period 6 December 10th, 2013 Title: Where I Lived, and What I Lived For Author: Henry David Thoreau Discussed: December 10th, 2013

Chiasmus: “We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us. Did you ever think what those sleepers are that underlie the railroad? Each one is a man, an Irishman, or a Yankee man. The rails are laid on them, and they are covered with sand, and the cars run smoothly over them. They are sound sleepers, I assure you. And every few years a new lot is laid down and run over; so that, if some have the pleasure of riding on a rail, others have the misfortune to be ridden upon” (page 7)

Metaphor: “It matters not what the clocks say or the attitudes and labors of men. Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me. Moral reform is the effort to throw off sleep. Why is it that men give so poor an account of their day if they have not been slumbering? They are not such poor calculators. If they had not been overcome with drowsiness, they would have performed something. The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive.” (page 5)

Transcendentalism was a profoundly influential American philosophical and intellectual movement in the early nineteenth century that stressed the triumph of emotion over reason,

Perhaps Thoreau was reluctant to travel because he feared what he might find. Walden. like all technological improvements. He had established a world view so firmly engraved in his mind that he wouldn’t know what to do if confronted with something that threatened it. it rides upon us”. since one must obey the strict timetables and schedules of trains. Thoreau speaks of man. He believes trains. Among its most prominent writers was Henry David Thoreau. which he holds to be the most important and productive time of day. It moves people from one point to another faster. a device in which the clauses are reversed to highlight the contract in meaning. which was a symbol of the wonders of technological achievement. He feels it is far better to go ponder life in a little corner of the woods for years than to commute from place to place unreflectively. This quote utilizes chiasmus. Thoreau finds . the day is a perpetual morning”. Thoreau is skeptical. “whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun. and in touch with his inner self. and one that is most typical of transcendentalist doctrine. He sees it as a false example of social progress. is his rejection of reason and logic in favor of emotion. give people an illusion of increased freedom. as well. Thoreau is stubborn to accept the idea that any outward improvement of life can bring the inner peace and contentment he so incessantly craves. Living in an era with the introduction of clocks and the increasing importance of time-keeping. A noteworthy view of Thoreau. claiming that “We do not ride on the railroad. who summarized his life and beliefs in 1854 book. but Thoreau has little use for travel anyway.and the ability of people to “transcend” their sensory systems to establish a deeper sense of living. out of touch with reality. One clear illustration of Thoreau’s resistance to progress is his issue of the train. of the change in popular mindset brought by train travel. but in fact enslave us. Thoreau has a highly romanticized view of morning.

this new lifestyle stressful and distracting of the true goal in life. Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me. saying “It matters not what the clocks say or the attitudes and labors of men.” .