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The Thoreau Reader

The Thoreau Reader

The Thomas Gray Archive : Primary Texts : Poems : "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" - University of Oxford "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" 1 The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, 2 The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea, 3 The ploughman homeward plods his weary way, 4 And leaves the world to darkness and to me. 5 Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight, 6 And all the air a solemn stillness holds, 7 Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight, 8 And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds; 9 Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tower 10 The moping owl does to the moon complain 11 Of such, as wandering near her secret bower, 12 Molest her ancient solitary reign. 13 Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree's shade, 14 Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, 15 Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, 16 The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep. 17 The breezy call of incense-breathing morn, 18 The swallow twittering from the straw-built shed, 19 The cock's shrill clarion, or the echoing horn, 20 No more shall rouse them from their lowly bed. 22 Or busy housewife ply her evening care:

What is the Role of Civil Disobedience Today? | By Doug DuBrin, an English and history teacher, as well as an editor and writer Subject(s) Social Studies, Civics Estimated Time: Two to three class periods, plus extended activities Grade Level 9th-12th Objective Through this lesson, the student will come to understand the practice of civil disobedience in view of both the death of Rosa Parks and of the 50th anniversary of her landmark act. Background for students: In light of the death of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks (1913-2005), much of the nation has been examining Parks’ monumental action and legacy. Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus to a white man in the segregated South helped ignite a nationwide movement toward correcting deeply ingrained biases based on race in both the American government and in society. Background for teachers: Civil disobedience has its roots in antiquity, but its more recent application can be traced to American essayist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862). Procedure Part I: Part II Part III Part IV

Les bouquinistes 1. çà et là - Notez les accents graves. 'ça' et 'là' sont ici des adverbes de lieu réunis dans cette expression 'çà et là' signifiant 'de manière dispersée',' au hasard'. 'Là' peut être employé seul, mais 'çà' n'existe que dans cette expression. 2. bouquinistes - Un ou une bouquiniste vend des bouquins, c'est-à-dire des livres, avec un statut particulier comme c'est expliqué dans ce reportage. Mais le mot 'un bouquin' peut, lui, toujours désigner un livre même en dehors des bouquinistes. 3. un autre fonds - Notez la distinction entre 'le fond'qui signifie la partie basse d'une chose creuse ou la partie inférieure d'une dépression, et 'le fonds' -avec un 's' même au singulier- qui signifie une propriété ou un capital. 4. quelquefois - Notez la distinction entre 'quelquefois' en un seul mot avec un sens temporel signifiant 'de temps en temps' et 'quelques fois' avec un sens quantitatif signifiant 'plusieurs fois'. 5. 6. faut - Notez la suppression ici du 'il' impersonnel.

The Poetry Society (Home Page) ‘I withdraw’: A talk with climate defeatist Paul Kingsnorth A longer version of this interview appeared at Paul Kingsnorth. Not everyone is quite ready to hear, or accept, what Paul Kingsnorth has to say. An English writer and erstwhile green activist, he spent two decades (he’ll turn 40 this year) in the environmental movement, and he’s done with all that. And not only environmentalism — he’s done with “hope.” In 2009, he founded, together with collaborator Dougald Hine, something called the Dark Mountain Project. These are precarious and unprecedented times … Little that we have taken for granted is likely to come through this century intact.We don’t believe that anyone — not politicians, not economists, not environmentalists, not writers — is really facing up to the scale of this … Somehow, technology or political agreements or ethical shopping or mass protest are meant to save our civilization from self-destruction.Well, we don’t buy it. Ouch. If “sustainability” is about anything, it is about carbon. Well, then. Nevermind.

La cave du Dr Orlof Théâtre complet (425 av JC, 388 av JC) d’Aristophane (Gallimard. Folio. 2 tomes) C’est peu dire que je n’y connais rien en littérature antique. A part Xénophon, lu dans le cadre de mes abécédaires, et quelques œuvres de Platon étudiées en cours de philosophie en terminale, je ne me suis jamais décidé (à tort !) à me plonger dans la tragédie antique ou les poèmes épiques de l’antiquité. Dans le cadre de la « bibliothèque idéale », j’ai décidé de m’attaquer au théâtre d’Aristophane, soit 11 pièces et un peu plus de 1000 pages (vous comprendrez ainsi mon silence radio depuis quelques temps, d’autant plus que ma lecture a été interrompue par quelques jours passés loin de chez moi !). Ne comptez pas sur moi pour vous offrir une fine analyse de toutes ces pièces et je demande pardon par avance aux hellénistes pour les quelques platitudes de base que je vais débiter sur le théâtre d’Aristophane. Me conseillez-vous d’autres auteurs antiques pour notre « bibliothèque idéale » ?

Robert Frost Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874, in San Francisco, where his father, William Prescott Frost Jr., and his mother, Isabelle Moodie, had moved from Pennsylvania shortly after marrying. After the death of his father from tuberculosis when Frost was eleven years old, he moved with his mother and sister, Jeanie, who was two years younger, to Lawrence, Massachusetts. He became interested in reading and writing poetry during his high school years in Lawrence, enrolled at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1892, and later at Harvard University in Boston, though he never earned a formal college degree. Frost drifted through a string of occupations after leaving school, working as a teacher, cobbler, and editor of the Lawrence Sentinel. His first published poem, "My Butterfly," appeared on November 8, 1894, in the New York newspaper The Independent. About Frost, President John F. A Selected Bibliography Poetry Multimedia

Part 1: A Navel-Gazing, Suburban Post-Boomer Awakens to the Climate Crisis The first time I walked to Walden, six miles north of my house in the thickly wooded suburbs west of Boston, it had nothing to do with the planet. And it didn't have much to do with Henry David Thoreau. I'd never been a communicant in the cult of Thoreau, never made my devotions in that temple. I'd done the assigned reading in college—"Civil Disobedience,"obviously, and Walden (OK, parts of it)—and that was about all. Wasn't really my thing. No, that first time, in the summer of '07, it wasn't about the planet. A year or so before, in the spring of 2006, I was emerging from a "personal crisis"—in my case, I was battling burnout and anxiety. It's impossible to exaggerate how far this all was from the Christianity, conservative and evangelical, in which I was raised—my incongruous Bible Belt upbringing in the '70s and '80s suburban L.A. It was also around this time that I started walking on weekends—taking relatively short walks along trails in the nearby woods and open fields.

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Annotated works of Henry David Thoreau and an extensive
resource list on his life and works. Teaching Thoreau feature with further resources. by nda_librarian Apr 30