Relationship between Man and Nature in Emerson and Thoreau

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Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in concord, Massachusetts. He began writing nature poetry in the 1840s with poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as a mentor and friend. In 1845 he began his famous two –year stay on Walden pond, which he wrote about his master work, Walden. He also became known for his beliefs in Transcendentalism and civil disobedience, and was dedicated abolitionist. Biography (1817-1862). Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher and essayist during the 19th century. One of his best-known essays is "Self-Reliance.” He was born on May 25, 1803, in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1821, he took over as director of his brother’s school for girls. In 1823, he wrote the poem "Good-Bye.” In 1832, he became a Transcendentalist, leading to the later essays "Self-Reliance" and "The American Scholar." Emerson continued to write and lecture into the late 1870s. He died on April 27, 1882, in Concord, Massachusetts. Biography (1803-1882). They shunned the artificiality of civilization and pursue unspoiled natures as a path to spirituality. Poetry was seen as the highest expression of the imagination. The writers also sight the world and everything in it, including human beings as the reflection of the divine soul. People used their intuition to behold God’s spirit revealed in nature or their own souls. Emerson and Thoreau…