Thoreau and the Language of Trees

Thoreau and the Language of Trees Trees Were Central To Henry David Thoreau S Creativity As A Writer, His Work As A Naturalist, His Thought, And His Inner Life His Portraits Of Them Were So Perfect, It Was As If He Could See The Sap Flowing Beneath Their Bark When Thoreau Wrote That The Poet Loves The Pine Tree As His Own Shadow In The Air, He Was Speaking About Himself In Short, He Spoke Their Language In This Original Book, Richard Higgins Explores Thoreau S Deep Connections To Trees His Keen Perception Of Them, The Joy They Gave Him, The Poetry He Saw In Them, His Philosophical View Of Them, And How They Fed His Soul His Lively Essays Show That Trees Were A Thread Connecting All Parts Of Thoreau S Being Heart, Mind, And Spirit Included Are One Hundred Excerpts From Thoreau S Writings About Trees, Paired With Over Sixty Of The Author S Photographs Thoreau S Words Are As Vivid Now As They Were In 1890, When An English Naturalist Wrote That He Was Unusually Able To To Preserve The Flashing Forest Colors In Unfading Light Thoreau And The Language Of Trees Shows That Thoreau, With Uncanny Foresight, Believed Trees Were Essential To The Preservation Of The World. I suppose that this value, in my case, is equivalent to what others get by churchgoing and prayer I come to my solitary woodland walk as the homesick go homeIt is as if I always met in those places some grand, serene, immortal, infinitely encouraging, though invisible, companion, and walked with him This year marks the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau s birth and to celebrate there are many new books out about him, this being one of them Complete with photos and passages from Thoreau s journals and essays, Thoreau and the Language of Trees is a new release that showcases Thoreau s deep understanding and reverence for trees, who he deemed the closest of companions By 1860, he focused his writing and observations solely on trees Thoreau for me is a prophet of nature, the man who wholeheartedly devoted himself to nature to reveal its spiritual truths He believed trees were expressions of universal laws and higher truths He repeatedly says in his writings how the woods were his church, the trees his spires and shrines For he was critical of organized religion, and criticized the church of his day mercilessly Men like Thoreau and Emerson were
Have you ever contemplated how trees impact your own inner life In THOREAU AND THE LANGUAGE OF TREES author Richard Higgins reveals how trees captured the mind and heart and soul of the keenly observant, philosophically reflective Henry David Thoreau The book is appealingly designed with abundant photographs both historic and contemporary and with helpful essays which frame Thoreau s own words about trees Here is a special bo
Refreshing perspective on trees and forests some great sentences and points to think about I liked the accompanying images and organization of the book. I really enjoyed this beautiful book It s cloth bound with silver gilding and its pages are designed with simplicity and artistry I read Walden shortly before our trip to New England in 2018 and didn t love it However, we visited Walden Pond and the site of Thoreau s cabin in the woods while we were in Massachusetts and, I must say, I was much understanding and appreciative of Thoreau s observations having been there and now, even so, after reading this book We found this book in the gift shop at the Walden Pond State Reservation and, as luck would have it, were able to meet the author and have it signed I ve always been drawn to trees and was in awe of the sheer volume and beauty of them in New England so this book is a special memento of our trip.Even though, as a Christian, I can t accept Thoreau s worldview his views on God, the universe, humanity, nature, etc , I really enjoyed reading about his depth of thought and love of nature He really is a beautiful, creative writer and his words about trees, in particular, are captivating His wit, emotion and keen power of observation are demonstrated over and over again and his words make me want to paus
This is a lovely book, thoughtful and calming Thoreau s notes, combined with Higgins photographs, are successful I have always been fond of trees but now look at them a little differently, taking time The reward of doing so was an owl sitting on a branch just waiting for me to spot him. This book is so beautifully organized That sounds like such a book nerd thing to say, but the book itself is beautiful the layout, photographs, the combination of explanatory essays by Higgins, and excerpts about trees from Thoreau s original texts and journals It was very well thought out.I would recommend the book for the layout alone, but the content matched the makeup Anytime I read Thoreau, or any other transcendentalist really, I am forced to interact with words on the page My book is now riddled with penciled marks documenting a conversation Sometimes I agree with him, sometimes I don t I did learn a great deal about him in this book and I can see now why so many of his followers are overzealous in their behaviors whether in preserving nature or living frugally I get it, really I do, but to write that a tree was screaming in pain as it went through a sawmill, is a bit much Or to have a funeral for a grand oak tree after it was cut down because it was threatening a home um, okay The essays in the book clarify context and gave perspective to the passion Thoreau had for trees as expressed in his writing I enjoyed the change of pace between essays and excerpts I especially loved the photographs in each chapter.Many times I fo
This book is a very good introduction for those readers who have not read widely in Thoreau s journals and posthumous works The selected entries will give you a good taste of Thoreau s style and thinking about nature and particularly the relations between people and trees As Thoreau states, Old trees are our parents, and our parents parents, perchance The photos by Higgins nicely add to the text And the old photos by Herbert Wendell Gleason, though few in number, add greatly to th
A good introduction for me of Thoreau and his love of nature and specifically trees Liked how it was broken out into specific species with his observations and feelings He had relationships with individual trees I totally understand this Lived when all the old forests were being cut down
A bit repetitive at times, but an interesting way of sifting through Thoreaus s writing by focusing only on his work about trees.

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  • Hardcover
  • 248 pages
  • Thoreau and the Language of Trees
  • Richard Higgins
  • 13 March 2019
  • 9780520294042