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January 09th, 2019
Thoreau on the "wild":
"I would say, --
How near to good is what is wild!
Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued by man, its presence refreshes him . . . Give me the ocean, the desert, or the wilderness! . . . When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable . . . In literature it is only the wild that attracts us. Dullness is but another name for tameness. It is the uncivilized free and wild thinking in 'Hamlet' and the 'Iliad'. in all the Scriptures and Mythologies . . . that delights us. As the wild duck is more swift and beautiful than the tame, so is the wild . . . thought . . . Where is the literature with gives expression to Nature? He would be a poet who could impress the winds and streams into his service, to speak for him; who nailed words to their primitive senses . . ."
Or tried to awaken that sense of the wild in an image . . .
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