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Joseph Adamson

2H06 Lecture November 22 – Thoreau 895 – “let us spend one day as deliberately as nature” - “and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wings that fall on the rails” - Railroad and telegraph used in earlier work – to show that society moves too quickly - Enjoyment cultures (enjoyment, stagnation) vs. excitement cultures (novelty, change) - The medium is the message – Thoreau ridicules this - Talks about people being addicted to the newspaper - Earlier paragraphs reflect ideas of this one - Uses very common clichés and proverbial expressions - Anaphora We spend so much of our lives sacrificing the present to the past and future – Thoreau always talks about time - There is no time in eternity - Whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us “Let us rise early and fast” - Pun: not eat, quickly - Breaking fast – braking fast – eating vs. stopping the train 892 – “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately” - Deliberately reused deliberately - Talking about his experiment of life at Walden Pond – what will happen if we reduce life to its simplest terms? - “when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” - Long clause, all single syllable words except discover which speeds up the line - Words and ideas are completely interconnected Uses fast and slow a lot - Set your own priorities to avoid the hurry and was
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