Henry David Thoreau: Life In The Woods: Chapter Analysis

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James C. McKusick’s Green Writing Romanticism and Ecology has a chapter,“Henry David Thoreau: Life in the Woods”, that discusses Thoreau’s writing in connection to British Romantic writings, specifically to Wordsworth. He examines Thoreau’s projection of self into nature in his The Maine Woods, finding is own internal wildness after experiencing, as written by Thoreau, “pure Nature”(163) McKusick ties in his idea of Thoreau exceeding his societal self and describes the wild as “a genuinely external perspective upon the prevailing and largely unexamined values of his own society (169),” giving way to Thoreau’s reflection on perspective and examination of his society (169).

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