Friday, April 7, 2017
ONE HUNDRED REFLECTIONS ON AND BY THE SAGES OF CONCORD
I awoke at 2 a.m. this morning aware that HD Thoreau’s 200th birthday is approaching in (about) 100 days. Let’s post a reflection or two every day in honor of the man and of his cohort who have so influenced and continue to influence the American idea: The Sages of Concord.
His dying does not seem to have hurt him a bit.
Walt Whitman 'concluded that Thoreau was “one of the native forces--stands for a fact, a movement, an upheaval: Thoreau belongs to America, to the Transcendental, to the protesters . . . he was a force- he looms up bigger and bigger: his dying does not seem to have hurt him a bit: every year has added to his fame.”’
From Henry Thoreau: A Life of the Mind by Robert D. Richardson, Jr.