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Duke Kunshan University, Spring 2016

Writing 230SK: Writing Across Cultures

Walden International: Analyzing Thoreau Across Cultures

Short Essay: Reflections from Your Visit to Walden Pond (600—900 words) 

Since we won’t be able to physically travel to Walden Pond during our seven weeks in Kunshan, China, I decided to bring Walden Pond to you.  This past summer, I spent a few weeks living in Thoreau’s hometown of Concord, Massachusetts, making a daily trek—before sunrise—to the shores of Walden Pond.  With a video camera and my copy of Walden in hand, I took a series of videos replicating the movements-through-space Thoreau made back in 1845.  That is, I tried to locate the areas around Walden Pond Thoreau describes in his book, illustrating—via the movement of the video camera—the areas, objects, and phenomena Thoreau experienced.

You will “adopt” one of these videos [links provided below] illustrating short passages of Walden, and in a short essay (600-900 words), describe what you see and hear at Walden Pond, compare and contrast what you see and hear with Thoreau’s words, and make a clear, concise argument exploring the difference you see between your experience at Walden Pond (i.e. the video) and Thoreau’s experience (i.e. his words).  In what ways do you experience Walden Pond differently than Thoreau?  How much is that difference cultural?  Individual?  Temporal?  This is your chance to describe what you see during your digital field trip to Walden Pond, placing your present-day observations in conversation with Thoreau’s nineteenth-century observations.

Page numbers are for the following edition: Thoreau, Henry David. Walden: Webster’s Chinese Traditional Thesaurus Edition. San Diego: Icon Classics, 2005. Print. [ISBN 0-497-90130-7]

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Chapter 1: “Economy”

  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“WHEN I WROTE the following pages…”]

“WHEN I WROTE the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only. I lived there two years and two months” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCOuOzCkZFk

Page: 2


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“We might try our lives…”]

“We might try our lives by a thousand simple tests; as, for instance, that the same sun which ripens my beans illumines at once a system of earths like ours” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rScNn19MiBU

Page: 8


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“I have thought that Walden Pond…”]

“I have thought that Walden Pond would be a good place for business, not solely on account of the railroad […]” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH32baNSX5Q

Page: 16


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“When I consider my neighbors…”]

“When I consider my neighbors, the farmers of Concord, who are at least as well off as the other classes, I find that for the most part they have been toiling twenty, thirty, or forty years, that they may become the real owners of their farms, which commonly they have inherited with encumbrances, or else bought with hired money — and we may regard one third of that toil as the cost of their houses — but commonly they have not paid for them yet” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLMXDUXB3lA

Page: 25


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“Near the end of March, 1845…”]

“Near the end of March, 1845, I borrowed an axe and went down to the woods by Walden Pond, nearest to where I intended to build my house, and began to cut down some tall, arrowy white pines, still in their youth, for timber” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AXvIimMvUk

Page: 32


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“It was a pleasant hillside…”]

“It was a pleasant hillside where I worked, covered with pine woods, through which I looked out on the pond, and a small open field in the woods where pines and hickories were springing up” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QisiO5xhQp0

Page: 32


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“[…] but for the most part…”]

“[…] but for the most part when I came out on to the railroad, on my way home, its yellow sand heap stretched away gleaming in the hazy atmosphere, and the rails shone in the spring sun, and I heard the lark and pewee and other birds already come to commence another year with us” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vWV93UMIWI

Page: 32


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“I began to occupy…”]

“I began to occupy my house on the 4th of July, as soon as it was boarded and roofed, for the boards were carefully feather-edged and lapped, so that it was perfectly impervious to rain” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHgoN4B7UYo

Page: 35


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“I built the chimney…”]

“I built the chimney after my hoeing in the fall, before a fire became necessary for warmth, doing my cooking in the meanwhile out of doors on the ground, early in the morning” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIZCV3-SKzM

Page: 35


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“It would be worth…”]

“It would be worth the while to build still more deliberately than I did, considering, for instance, what foundation a door, a window, a cellar, a garret, have in the nature of man, and perchance never raising any superstructure until we found a better reason for it than our temporal necessities even” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqQuGYS8FsM

Page: 36


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“Before winter I built…”]

“Before winter I built a chimney, and shingled the sides of my house, which were already impervious to rain, with imperfect and sappy shingles made of the first slice of the log, whose edges I was obliged to straighten with a plane” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKEhCBX8YxU

Page: 38


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“I have thus a tight shingled…”]

“I have thus a tight shingled and plastered house, ten feet wide by fifteen long, and eight-feet posts, with a garret and a closet, a large window on each side, two trap doors, one door at the end, and a brick fireplace opposite” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QTVv5jFa2g

Page: 38


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“I have also a small woodshed…”]

“I have also a small woodshed adjoining, made chiefly of the stuff which was left after building the house” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIQdrQ88ULA

Page: 39


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“Before I finished my house…”]

“Before I finished my house, wishing to earn ten or twelve dollars by some honest and agreeable method, in order to meet my unusual expenses, I planted about two acres and a half of light and sandy soil near it chiefly with beans, but also a small part with potatoes, corn, peas, and turnips. The whole lot contains eleven acres, mostly growing up to pines and hickories, and was sold the preceding season for eight dollars and eight cents an acre” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwDpi8Vy7P4

Page: 43


 

  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“The dead and for the most part…”]

“The dead and for the most part unmerchantable wood behind my house […]” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh7H8a8-1xQ

Page: 43


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“My furniture…”]

“My furniture, part of which I made myself — and the rest cost me nothing of which I have not rendered an account — consisted of a bed, a table, a desk, three chairs, a looking-glass three inches in diameter, a pair of tongs and andirons, a kettle, a skillet, and a frying-pan, a dipper, a wash-bowl, two knives and forks, three plates, one cup, one spoon, a jug for oil, a jug for molasses, and a japanned lamp” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJm85ak2D1Y

Page: 52


  1. Walden Chapter 1: “Economy” [“I would observe…”]

“I would observe, by the way, that it costs me nothing for curtains, for I have no gazers to shut out but the sun and moon, and I am willing that they should look in” (Thoreau, Chapter 1: “Economy”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIOYQUexZcQ

Page: 54


 

Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”

  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [“When first I took up my abode…”]

“When first I took up my abode in the woods, that is, began to spend my nights as well as days there, which, by accident, was on Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, 1845, my house was not finished for winter, but was merely a defence against the rain, without plastering or chimney, the walls being of rough, weather-stained boards, with wide chinks, which made it cool at night” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl3mvFZD9nc

Page: 69


  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [“This was an airy…”]

“This was an airy and unplastered cabin, fit to entertain a travelling god, and where a goddess might trail her garments” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFbF6lQWxHM

Page: 69


  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [“This frame…”]

“This frame, so slightly clad, was a sort of crystallization around me, and reacted on the builder” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD-U7iaA7c4

Page: 69


  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [“I was seated by the shore…”]

“I was seated by the shore of a small pond, about a mile and a half south of the village of Concord and somewhat higher than it, in the midst of an extensive wood between that town and Lincoln, and about two miles south of that our only field known to fame, Concord Battle Ground” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llmnS1-ByH0

Page: 70


  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [“[…] but I was so low in the woods…”]

“[…] but I was so low in the woods that the opposite shore, half a mile off, like the rest, covered with wood, was my most distant horizon. For the first week, whenever I looked out on the pond it impressed me like a tarn high up on the side of a mountain, its bottom far above the surface of other lakes, and, as the sun arose, I saw it throwing off its nightly clothing of mist, and here and there, by degrees, its soft ripples or its smooth reflecting surface was revealed, while the mists, like ghosts, were stealthily withdrawing in every direction into the woods, as at the breaking up of some nocturnal conventicle” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xyRWiX6KYA

Page: 70


  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [“This small lake…”]

“This small lake was of most value as a neighbor in the intervals of a gentle rain-storm in August, when, both air and water being perfectly still, but the sky overcast, mid-afternoon had all the serenity of evening, and the wood thrush sang around, and was heard from shore to shore” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sfGo7Xir-Q

Page: 70


  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [A lake like this…”]

“A lake like this is never smoother than at such a time; and the clear portion of the air above it being, shallow and darkened by clouds, the water, full of light and reflections, becomes a lower heaven itself so much the more important” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIXxcYDNFC8

Page: 70


  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [“From a hill-top…”]

“From a hill-top near by, where the wood had been recently cut off, there was a pleasing vista southward across the pond, through a wide indentation in the hills which form the shore there, where their opposite sides sloping toward each other suggested a stream flowing out in that direction through a wooded valley, but stream there was none” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2SJf6nzxK0

Page: 70


  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [“Though the view…”]

“Though the view from my door was still more contracted, I did not feel crowded or confined in the least. There was pasture enough for my imagination. The low shrub oak plateau to which the opposite shore arose stretched away toward the prairies of the West and the steppes of Tartary, affording ample room for all the roving families of men” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekm_EBm94Mk

Page: 71


  1. Walden Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” [“I got up early…”]

“I got up early and bathed in the pond; that was a religious exercise, and one of the best things which I did” (Thoreau, Chapter 2: “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGo6ElM38yw

Page: 72


Chapter 3: “Reading”

  1. Walden Chapter 3: “Reading” [“My residence was more favorable…”]

“My residence was more favorable, not only to thought, but to serious reading, than a university; and though I was beyond the range of the ordinary circulating library, I had more than ever come within the influence of those books which circulate round the world, whose sentences were first written on bark, and are now merely copied from time to time on to linen paper (Thoreau, Chapter 3: “Reading”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FZG_WiDuuU

Page: 81


Chapter 4: “Sounds”

  1. Walden Chapter 4: “Sounds” [“As the sparrow had its trill…”]

“As the sparrow had its trill, sitting on the hickory before my door, so had I my chuckle or suppressed warble which he might hear out of my nest” (Thoreau, Chapter 4: “Sounds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up3Hdy05HXQ

Page: 92


  1. Walden Chapter 4: “Sounds” [“My house was on the side…”]

“My house was on the side of a hill, immediately on the edge of the larger wood, in the midst of a young forest of pitch pines and hickories, and half a dozen rods from the pond, to which a narrow footpath led down the hill” (Thoreau, Chapter 4: “Sounds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2xMDLwe7Qg

Page: 93


  1. Walden Chapter 4: “Sounds” [“As I sit at my window…”]

“As I sit at my window this summer afternoon, hawks are circling about my clearing; the tantivy of wild pigeons, flying by two and threes athwart my view, or perching restless on the white pine boughs behind my house, gives a voice to the air” (Thoreau, Chapter 4: “Sounds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rajf8-XM40Q

Page: 94


  1. Walden Chapter 4: “Sounds” [“The Fitchburg Railroad…”]

“The Fitchburg Railroad touches the pond about a hundred rods south of where I dwell. I usually go to the village along its causeway, and am, as it were, related to society by this link” (Thoreau, Chapter 4: “Sounds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGMIHOjK-e4

Page: 94


  1. Walden Chapter 4: “Sounds” [“For the rest of the long afternoon…”]

“For the rest of the long afternoon, perhaps, my meditations are interrupted only by the faint rattle of a carriage or team along the distant highway” (Thoreau, Chapter 4: “Sounds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b3pI8JYH9M

Page: 100


Chapter 5: “Solitude”

  1. Walden Chapter 5: “Solitude” [“As I walk along the stony shore…”]

“As I walk along the stony shore of the pond in my shirt-sleeves, though it is cool as well as cloudy and windy, and I see nothing special to attract me, all the elements are unusually congenial to me” (Thoreau, Chapter 5: “Solitude”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W-hzOaAI4Q

Page: 105


  1. Walden Chapter 5: “Solitude” [“When I return…”]

“When I return to my house I find that visitors have been there and left their cards, either a bunch of flowers, or a wreath of evergreen, or a name in pencil on a yellow walnut leaf or a chip” (Thoreau, Chapter 5: “Solitude”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1dbxwg3a8k

Page: 105


  1. Walden Chapter 5: “Solitude” [“My nearest neighbor…”]

“My nearest neighbor is a mile distant, and no house is visible from any place but the hill-tops within half a mile of my own. I have my horizon bounded by woods all to myself” (Thoreau, Chapter 5: “Solitude”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jHddHxiKhM

Page: 106


Chapter 6: “Visitors”

  1. Walden Chapter 6: “Visitors” [“I had three chairs…”]

“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers there was but the third chair for them all, but they generally economized the room by standing up” (Thoreau, Chapter 6: “Visitors”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUmILJ3YtQA

Page: 114


  1. Walden Chapter 6: “Visitors” [“It is surprising how many…”]

“It is surprising how many great men and women a small house will contain. I have had twenty-five or thirty souls, with their bodies, at once under my roof, and yet we often parted without being aware that we had come very near to one another” (Thoreau, Chapter 6: “Visitors”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dobXGyz4kc

Page: 114


  1. Walden Chapter 6: “Visitors” [“One inconvenience…”]

“One inconvenience I sometimes experienced in so small a house, the difficulty of getting to a sufficient distance from my guest when we began to utter the big thoughts in big words” (Thoreau, Chapter 6: “Visitors”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eVfUTZbWuk

Page: 115


  1. Walden Chapter 6: “Visitors” [“My ‘best’ room, however…”]

“My ‘best’ room, however, my withdrawing room, always ready for company, on whose carpet the sun rarely fell, was the pine wood behind my house. Thither in summer days, when distinguished guests came, I took them, and a priceless domestic swept the floor and dusted the furniture and kept the things in order” (Thoreau, Chapter 6: “Visitors”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqZqukZEEzU

Page: 115


  1. Walden Chapter 6: “Visitors” [“Many a traveller came…”]

“Many a traveller came out of his way to see me and the inside of my house, and, as an excuse for calling, asked for a glass of water. I told them that I drank at the pond, and pointed thither, offering to lend them a dipper” (Thoreau, Chapter 6: “Visitors”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyqc5gI_UWI

Page: 123


  1. Walden Chapter 6: “Visitors” [“Girls and boys…”]

“Girls and boys and young women generally seemed glad to be in the woods. They looked in the pond and at the flowers, and improved their time” (Thoreau, Chapter 6: “Visitors”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY-4XSv5yvw

Page: 124


Chapter 7: “The Bean-Field”

  1. Walden Chapter 7: “The Bean-Field” [“MEANWHILE MY BEANS…”]

“MEANWHILE MY BEANS, the length of whose rows, added together, was seven miles already planted, were impatient to be hoed, for the earliest had grown considerably before the latest were in the ground; indeed they were not easily to be put off. What was the meaning of this so steady and self-respecting, this small Herculean labor, I knew not. I came to love my rows, my beans, though so many more than I wanted” (Thoreau, Chapter 7: “The Bean-Field”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21jXdxrQx0c

Page: 127


  1. Walden Chapter 7: “The Bean-Field” [“I came to love my rows…”]

“I came to love my rows, my beans, though so many more than I wanted. They attached me to the earth, and so I got strength like Antæus. But why should I raise them? Only Heaven knows. This was my curious labor all summer — to make this portion of the earth’s surface, which had yielded only cinquefoil, blackberries, johnswort, and the like, before, sweet wild fruits and pleasant flowers, produce instead this pulse” (Thoreau, Chapter 7: “The Bean-Field”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j31Zk_0uDFo

Page: 127


  1. Walden Chapter 7: “The Bean-Field” [“I planted about two acres…”]

“I planted about two acres and a half of upland; and as it was only about fifteen years since the land was cleared, and I myself had got out two or three cords of stumps, I did not give it any manure; but in the course of the summer it appeared by the arrowheads which I turned up in hoeing, that an extinct nation had anciently dwelt here and planted corn and beans ere white men came to clear the land, and so, to some extent, had exhausted the soil for this very crop” (Thoreau, Chapter 7: “The Bean-Field”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuehNWuFWhM

Page: 128


Chapter 8: “The Village”

  1. Walden Chapter 8: “The Village” [“AFTER HOEING…”]

“AFTER HOEING, OR perhaps reading and writing, in the forenoon, I usually bathed again in the pond, swimming across one of its coves for a stint, and washed the dust of labor from my person, or smoothed out the last wrinkle which study had made, and for the afternoon was absolutely free” (Thoreau, Chapter 8: “The Village”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWRnILUh4LQ

Page: 138


  1. Walden Chapter 8: “The Village” [“[…] until I was aroused…”]

“[…] until I was aroused by having to raise my hand to lift the latch” (Thoreau, Chapter 8: “The Village”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TIJgcqXqVU

Page: 140


Chapter 9: “The Ponds”

  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“Occasionally, after my hoeing…”]

“Occasionally, after my hoeing was done for the day, I joined some impatient companion who had been fishing on the pond since morning, as silent and motionless as a duck or a floating leaf, and, after practising various kinds of philosophy, had concluded commonly, by the time I arrived, that he belonged to the ancient sect of Coenobites” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5FEAQeBFTM

Page: 143


  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“Formerly I had come to this pond…”]

“Formerly I had come to this pond adventurously, from time to time, in dark summer nights, with a companion, and, making a fire close to the water’s edge, which we thought attracted the fishes, we caught pouts with a bunch of worms strung on a thread, and when we had done, far in the night, threw the burning brands high into the air like skyrockets, which, coming down into the pond, were quenched with a loud hissing, and we were suddenly groping in total darkness” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E43ueL1O-CI

Page: 144


  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“The scenery of Walden…”]

“The scenery of Walden is on a humble scale, and, though very beautiful, does not approach to grandeur, nor can it much concern one who has not long frequented it or lived by its shore” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A99386EYNoE

Page: 145


  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“[…] yet this pond…”]

“[…] yet this pond is so remarkable for its depth and purity as to merit a particular description. It is a clear and deep green well, half a mile long and a mile and three quarters in circumference, and contains about sixty-one and a half acres; a perennial spring in the midst of pine and oak woods, without any visible inlet or outlet except by the clouds and evaporation” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEwtNGe4mRM

Page: 145


  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“The surrounding hills…”]

“The surrounding hills rise abruptly from the water to the height of forty to eighty feet, though on the southeast and east they attain to about one hundred and one hundred and fifty feet respectively, within a quarter and a third of a mile” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DABTYB-sPzo

Page: 145


  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“All our Concord waters…”]

“All our Concord waters have two colors at least; one when viewed at a distance, and another, more proper, close at hand. The first depends more on the light, and follows the sky. In clear weather, in summer, they appear blue at a little distance, especially if agitated, and at a great distance all appear alike” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfb1Z5lFMz8

Page: 145


  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“Walden is blue…”]

“Walden is blue at one time and green at another, even from the same point of view. Lying between the earth and the heavens, it partakes of the color of both” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC5HSLUMLQU

Page: 146


  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“Viewed from a hilltop…”]

“Viewed from a hilltop it reflects the color of the sky; but near at hand it is of a yellowish tint next the shore where you can see the sand, then a light green, which gradually deepens to a uniform dark green in the body of the pond. In some lights, viewed even from a hilltop, it is of a vivid green next the shore” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7zAf8pqxcw

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  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“Some have referred…”]

“Some have referred this to the reflection of the verdure; but it is equally green there against the railroad sandbank, and in the spring, before the leaves are expanded, and it may be simply the result of the prevailing blue mixed with the yellow of the sand” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLGweFc5V0s

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  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“Paddling over it…”]

“Paddling over it, you may see, many feet beneath the surface, the schools of perch and shiners, perhaps only an inch long […]”(Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCMFR3U9G7c

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  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“The shore is composed…”]

“The shore is composed of a belt of smooth rounded white stones like paving-stones, excepting one or two short sand beaches, and is so steep that in many places a single leap will carry you into water over your head; and were it not for its remarkable transparency, that would be the last to be seen of its bottom till it rose on the opposite side”(Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SmEDLLbb64

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  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“A lake is the landscape’s…”]

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gyZNQxJDwY

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  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“Standing on the smooth sandy beach…”]

“Standing on the smooth sandy beach at the east end of the pond, in a calm September afternoon, when a slight haze makes the opposite shore-line indistinct, I have seen whence came the expression, “the glassy surface of a lake.” When you invert your head, it looks like a thread of finest gossamer stretched across the valley, and gleaming against the distant pine woods, separating one stratum of the atmosphere from another” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

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  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“In such a day…”]

“In such a day, in September or October, Walden is a perfect forest mirror, set round with stones as precious to my eye as if fewer or rarer. Nothing so fair, so pure, and at the same time so large, as a lake, perchance, lies on the surface of the earth. Sky water” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

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  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“Though I passed over…”]

“Though I passed over it as gently as possible, the slight undulations produced by my boat extended almost as far as I could see, and gave a ribbed appearance to the reflections” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtBxfI9-B24

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  1. Walden Chapter 9: “The Ponds” [“When I first paddled…”]

“When I first paddled a boat on Walden, it was completely surrounded by thick and lofty pine and oak woods” (Thoreau, Chapter 9: “The Ponds”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huutl5OlfZ0

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Chapter 10: “Baker Farm”

  1. Walden Chapter 10: “Baker Farm” [“We should come home…”]

“We should come home from far, from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day, with new experience and character” (Thoreau, Chapter 10: “Baker Farm”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP_smAg_cYo

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Chapter 11: “Higher Laws”

  1. Walden Chapter 11: “Higher Laws” [“Once or twice…”]

“Once or twice, however, while I lived at the pond, I found myself ranging the woods, like a half-starved hound, with a strange abandonment, seeking some kind of venison which I might devour, and no morsel could have been too savage for me” (Thoreau, Chapter 11: “Higher Laws”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HwWFHtGzog

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Chapter 12: “Brute Neighbors”

  1. Walden Chapter 12: “Brute Neighbors” [“A phoebe soon built…”]

“A phoebe soon built in my shed, and a robin for protection in a pine which grew against the house” (Thoreau, Chapter 12: “Brute Neighbors”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bzqK9Veowg

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  1. Walden Chapter 12: “Brute Neighbors” [“Commonly I rested an hour…”]

“Commonly I rested an hour or two in the shade at noon, after planting, and ate my lunch, and read a little by a spring which was the source of a swamp and of a brook, oozing from under Brister’s Hill, half a mile from my field” (Thoreau, Chapter 12: “Brute Neighbors”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0fvd8KI8Zc

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Chapter 13: “House-Warming”

  1. Walden Chapter 13: “House-Warming” [“Already, by the first of September…”]

“Already, by the first of September, I had seen two or three small maples turned scarlet across the pond, beneath where the white stems of three aspens diverged, at the point of a promontory, next the water” (Thoreau, Chapter 13: “House-Warming”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnCjG800RYw

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  1. Walden Chapter 13: “House-Warming” [“The chimney is…”]

“The chimney is to some extent an independent structure, standing on the ground, and rising through the house to the heavens; even after the house is burned it still stands sometimes, and its importance and independence are apparent” (Thoreau, Chapter 13: “House-Warming”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPeny761hBE

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  1. Walden Chapter 13: “House-Warming” [“My dwelling was small…”]

“My dwelling was small, and I could hardly entertain an echo in it; but it seemed larger for being a single apartment and remote from neighbors. All the attractions of a house were concentrated in one room; it was kitchen, chamber, parlor, and keeping-room; and whatever satisfaction parent or child, master or servant, derive from living in a house, I enjoyed it all” (Thoreau, Chapter 13: “House-Warming”).

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  1. Walden Chapter 13: “House-Warming” [“My house had…”]

“My house had in the meanwhile been shingled down to the ground on every side” (Thoreau, Chapter 13: “House-Warming”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrdDCH5hIY8

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  1. Walden Chapter 13: “House-Warming” [“I admired anew the economy…”]

“I admired anew the economy and convenience of plastering, which so effectually shuts out the cold and takes a handsome finish, and I learned the various casualties to which the plasterer is liable” (Thoreau, Chapter 13: “House-Warming”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5v23gvti50

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Chapter 14: “Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors”

  1. Walden Chapter 14: “Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors” [“The one who came…”]

“The one who came from farthest to my lodge, through deepest snows and most dismal tempests, was a poet” (Thoreau, Chapter 14: “Former Inhabitants; and Winter Visitors”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksIt-fGTXXE

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Chapter 15: “Winter Animals”

  1. Walden Chapter 15: “Winter Animals” [“One old hunter…”]

“One old hunter who has a dry tongue, who used to come to bathe in Walden once every year when the water was warmest, and at such times looked in upon me, told me that many years ago he took his gun one afternoon and went out for a cruise in Walden Wood (Thoreau, Chapter 15: “Winter Animals”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPpZ5W0mj-k

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Chapter 16: “The Pond in Winter”

  1. Walden Chapter 16: “The Pond in Winter” [“[…] and the very slope of the hill…”]

“[…] and the very slope of the hill on which my house is placed, seemed to say, Forward!” (Thoreau, Chapter 16: “The Pond in Winter”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41gzRNTQ3Qw

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  1. Walden Chapter 16: “The Pond in Winter” [“Like the water…”]

“Like the water, the Walden ice, seen near at hand, has a green tint, but at a distance is beautifully blue” (Thoreau, Chapter 16: “The Pond in Winter”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDNlATW7Umk

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  1. Walden Chapter 16: “The Pond in Winter” [“The pure Walden water…”]

“The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges” (Thoreau, Chapter 16: “The Pond in Winter”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-tedDldYro

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Chapter 17: “Spring”

  1. Walden Chapter 17: “Spring” [“[…] there lay the transparent pond…”]

“[…] there lay the transparent pond already calm and full of hope as in a summer evening, reflecting a summer evening sky in its bosom” (Thoreau, Chapter 17: “Spring”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAZOvfjxdEk

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Chapter 18: “Conclusion”

  1. Walden Chapter 18: “Conclusion” [“The sun is but…”]

“The sun is but a morning star” (Thoreau, Chapter 18: “Conclusion”).

YouTube Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUVMQQaL7rY

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