Sensual Walden Pond

From “The Ponds” chapter of Walden (1854)in which Thoreau describes the water of Walden Pond when there’s no wind and the surface is like glass, or a mirror:

Not a fish can leap or an insect fall on the pond but it is thus reported in circling dimples, in lines of beauty, as it were the constant welling up of its fountain, the gentle pulsing of its life, the heaving of its breast. The thrills of joy and thrills of pain are undistinguishable.

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2 Responses to Sensual Walden Pond

  1. Frume Sarah says:

    This is why my high school English teacher should never have had us read Thoreau. I completely missed the beautiful nuances. I was too immature.

    • Hi, Frume Sarah.
      It’s hard to understand why any high school teachers assign Walden. I’m glad mine didn’t! I did have to read “Civil Disobedience,” but it didn’t make much of an impression on my 15-year-old self.
      The beautiful nuances are most appreciable by adults, for sure. And even many adults miss this when they first read Walden, which is why I “had” to post it.
      Thanks for your comment!

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