Henry David Thoreau | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Mary E. Pitts

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of Henry David Thoreau.
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Critical Essay by Mary E. Pitts

SOURCE: “Thoreau's Poem ‘Sympathy': His ‘Gentle Boy' Identified,” in The Concord Saunterer, Vol. 18, No. 2, December 1985, pp. 20-7.

In the following essay, Pitts argues that the “gentle boy” of the poem “Sympathy” is Thoreau himself.

On June 24, 1839, when Henry David Thoreau was almost twenty-two years old, he wrote this now famous poem in his Journal:1

“Sympathy”

Lately alas I knew a gentle boy, Whose features all were cast in Virtue's mould, As one she had designed for Beauty's toy, But after manned him for her own stronghold. 
On every side he open was as day, That you might see no lack of strength within, For walls and ports do only serva alway For a pretence to...

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