Henry David Thoreau

Romantic period (1800-1850)

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, and historian. He was born in Concord Massachusetts to father John Thoreau and mother Cynthia Dunbar. He attended Harvard between 1833 and 1837 in which he studied philosophy, math, and science. He returned to Concord Massachusetts in 1836 where he taught at a public school but later resigned to open up his own grammar school with his brother John. The school ended when John became fatally ill in 1842 where he died in Henry's arms. After that he focused more on writing essays and trying to find people to publish his writings. Henry went through a restless period in April 1844 when he and his friend accidentally set a fire that consumed 300 acres of Walden Woods. Henry was fascinated with natural history, travel, and expedition. His health declined over the years where he became ill with bronchitis.His last years he spent revising and editing his unpublished work. He later died on May 6, 1862 at age 44. After his death some of his friends published his writings and worked on some poems, essays and journal entries. He was connected with the romantic period because his work had a romantic literary presence.


Low-anchored cloud,

Newfoundland air,
Fountain head and source of rivers,
Dew-cloth, dream drapery,
And napkin spread by fays;
Drifting meadow of the air,
Where bloom the dasied banks and violets,
And in whose fenny labyrinth
The bittern booms and heron wades;
Spirit of the lake and seas and rivers,
Bear only purfumes and the scent
Of healing herbs to just men's fields!

T- I think the poem Mist is going to be about exploring because that's what fascinated Henry.

P- The poem Mist is describing everything they see in nature whether its good or bad.

C- Healing Herbs has a meaning of how nature is the only thing that can heal spirits

A- The tone in the poem is kind up uplifting but at the same time saddening,

S- The shift is from dreamy then to uplifting to sadness,

T- This poem was about the different types of mist.

T- The poems theme was standing up for your society.

Robert Schumann - Traumerei
Henry would have been inspired by this song because it gives a feeling of relieve. It is romantic because of the way the song is composed.
Tom Bowling
Henry would have been inspired by this song because of the feeling it has for exploration. Also this was one of his favorite songs many people would say that you would always hear him singing it.