I Was Made Erect and Lone

By Henry David Thoreau 1817–1862 Henry David Thoreau
I was made erect and lone,
And within me is the bone;
Still my vision will be clear,
Still my life will not be drear,
To the center all is near.
Where I sit there is my throne.
If age choose to sit apart,
If age choose, give me the start,
Take the sap and leave the heart.


Source: Poets of the English Language (Viking Press, 1950)

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Poet Henry David Thoreau 1817–1862

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Growing Old, Nature, Living, The Body

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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 Growing Old, Nature, Living, The Body

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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