Men Say They Know Many Things

By Henry David Thoreau 1817–1862 Henry David Thoreau

Men say they know many things;
But lo! they have taken wings, —
The arts and sciences,
And a thousand appliances;
The wind that blows
Is all that any body knows.

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Poet Henry David Thoreau 1817–1862

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Arts & Sciences

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 Henry  David Thoreau

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Though not a professional philosopher, Henry David Thoreau is recognized as an important contributor to the American literary and philosophical movement known as New England Transcendentalism. His essays, books, and poems weave together two central themes over the course of his intellectual career: nature and the conduct of life. The continuing importance of these two themes is well illustrated by the fact that the last two . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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