Excursions and Poems : The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume V (of 20)

Excursions and Poems : The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume V (of 20)

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Excursions and Poems : The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume V (of 20) A few of Thoreau's poems, taken from the qWeekq and elsewhere, were added by Mr. Emerson to the volume entitled qLetters to Various Personsq which he brought out in 1865, but it was not till the volume of qMiscellaniesq was issued in the Riverside Edition that xivthe otherwise unpublished verse of his that had appeared in The Dial was gathered into a single volume. Besides the Dial contributions, the Riverside qMiscellaniesq contained a few poems that first found publication in Mr. Sanborn's Life of Thoreau. But the collection was not intended to be complete. Many of Thoreau's poems, including his translations from the Anacreontics, are imbedded in the qWeek, q qWalden, q and qExcursions, q and it seemed best not to reproduce them in another volume. In 1895, shortly after the publication of the Riverside Thoreau, Mr. Henry S. Salt and Mr. Frank B. Sanborn brought out a book entitled qPoems of Nature by Henry David Thoreau, q in which were collected qperhaps two thirds of [the poems] which Thoreau preserved.q qMany of them, q says the Introduction to that volume, qwere printed by him, in whole or in part, among his early contributions to Emerson's Dial, or in his own two volumes, the Week and Walden.... Others were given to Mr. Sanborn for publication, by Sophia Thoreau, the year after her brother's death (several appeared in the Boston Commonwealth in 1863); or have been furnished from time to time by Mr. Blake, his literary executor.q This volume contained a number of poems which had not before appeared in any of Thoreau's published books. Such poems are now added to those of the Riverside Edition. The present collection, however, no more than its predecessors pretends to completeness. It includes only those of Thoreau's poems which have been previously published and which are not contained in other volumes of this series. A list of xvthe poems and scattered bits of verse printed in the other volumes will be found in an Appendix. The Journal also contains, especially in the early part, a number of heretofore unpublished poems which it seems best to retain in their original setting.... as long as the coats were new and tidy, but would soon come to have a beggarly and unsightly look, akin to rags and dustholes. ... I did not much wonder at his remark, for there is a neatness, as well as evident prosperity, a certain elastic easiness of ... as if the proprietor could at least afford to make repairs in the spring, which the Canadian houses do not suggest. ... The whole expense of this journey, including two guidebooks and a map, which cost one dollar twelve and a halfanbsp;...

Title:Excursions and Poems : The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume V (of 20)
Author: Henry David Thoreau

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