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Critical Essay by Paul O. Williams

SOURCE: “The Concept of Inspiration in Thoreau's Poetry,” in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol. 79, No. 4, Part 1, September 1964, pp. 466-72.

In the following essay, Williams explores the importance in Thoreau's poetry of the idea of inspiration, and argues that he did not find poetry a substantial enough medium to give voice to his idea of spiritual beauty.

The great majority of Thoreau's poems bear in some way on the subject of inspiration: on the conditions of its induction, the description of its progression, the feeling and value of the vision it gives, or the lament for its absence. A study of inspiration in Thoreau's poetry throws new light on his poetic structures, themes, and image patterns, and perhaps offers ground for comment on why Thoreau dropped...

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