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Thoreau's "The Shipwreck": Changing Perspectives Henry David Thoreau acknowledged the undeniable and vital link between the human and the natural based on his life in Concord, but as he traveled out into the world and was met with a more hostile version of nature's power, his thoughts and reflections on this link changed considerably. In Concord, Henry David Thoreau fell in love with the peaceful accord of the natural world. Thoreau found Concord's nature to be inspirational, soothing, refreshing, and mesmerizing. His perspective caused him to seek out a connection between himself and the natural world. It is a viewpoint that created within Thoreau a blissful oneness with nature. "I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least-- and it is commonly more than that-- sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all human engagements" (Thoreau, "Walking" 50-51). Thoreau effectively extricated himself from the trappings of society and found his roots by deeply connecting to nature at Walden Pond. “Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations” (Thoreau, Walden). He saw the relationship between the natural and the human as one of reciprocal harmony, because he perceived himself to be part of nature. He recognized that he was permanently linked to it. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” (Thoreau, Walden). He found personal harmony by reflecting on the... ... middle of paper ... ...onclusion, it's obvious that Thoreau's philosophy on the link between the human and the natural was influenced by his life in Concord, his visits to Cape Cod, and the works of other writers like Robert Frost. Works Cited Frost, Robert. Robert Frost Poems. 2006. 2014. . Searchable Sea Literature. Robert Frost. 2014. Online Website. 2014. . Thoreau, Henry David. "The Shipwreck". Thoreau, Henry David. Cape Cod. Illustrated. New York: Heritage Illustrated Publishing, 2014. 193. E-book. 2014. Thoreau, Henry David. "Walking". Thoreau, Henry David. Civil Disobedience and Other Essays. Mineola: Dover Publications, 1993. 49-74. paperback. Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. 150th Anniversary Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004. paperback.

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