Henry David Thoreau Transcendentalism

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In the book Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, the author took a two-year journey in the mid 1800s to Walden Pond. There, he lived in a cabin alone, and was forced to live off whatever he could supply for himself. His purpose of his adventure was to live his life indeed to the fullest and realize how capable he was. In Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems, the author wrote many profound short stories and poems in the early to mid 1800s that give you a closer look at what his personal life was like. Thoreau reflected a transcendental state of mind by explaining his piece using the ideals of nature and individuality, while Poe showed his style of dark romanticism by using his focus on detail and intuition to gear his stories and poems .…show more content…
In his first ever detective story called, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” Poe wrote, “ He impaired his vision by holding the object too close” (Poe). In this quote, the main character is criticizing the way that the police were investigating a murder scene. He brings up the central point that is analyzing something by the major details can be blinding and keep you from understanding what is going on around you. This ties Poe to all of the other Romantic and Transcendentalist writers who seem to all notice the little details not recognized by the average person, and it shows that Poe’s mentallity was on a different level. Likewise in the detective story titled, “The Purloined Letter,” the same character is investigating another crime. In the story he says, “The measures adopted were not only the best of their kind, but carried out to absolute perfection. Had the letter been deposited within the range of their search, those fellows would, beyond a question, have found it” (Poe). In this quote, the main character is praising the Parisian police for their thorough search of the suspect’s house. However, on the other hand, he is mocking their close mindedness. This character, like in the other story uses his gut-feeling or intuition when investigating. He thinks that you get clear answers when you use your intuition rather than rational thinking. This story shows how Poe’s imagination went beyond normal range. He can see, feel, and imagine things that only a real romantic writer
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