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One of Henry David Thoreaus main themes in his writings was discussing man and his connection to nature Through his simple life in the woods discussed primarily in Walden he was able to understand how man could live off of nature and his experiences were often reflected throughout his highly emblematic poetry He had gone into the woods to essentially learn from it and discover the true facts of life so he could die with a deep understanding of the often complex world around him Thoreau however was not the only writer to discuss connecting with nature in his poetry WB Yeats another renowned poet was able to speak of his personal experiences with nature in which he as well searched for a personal enlightening truth In Yeats poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree concepts quite similar to that of Thoreau were expressed through his images metaphors and basic ideas Both Thoreau and Yeats are able to convey their experiences with similar images In Walden Thoreau talks of building a simple log cabin in which to live leaving openings in his home to allow nature to pour in Yeats also discusses leaving society to live in a small cabin in the woods constructed from simple materials such as clay and wattles Both are able to express the slow peacefulness that carries over once their lives have been simplified Yeats talks of a dropping peace much like water dripping from a faucet whereas Thoreau is able to convey the same sort of image by discussing how liberating it feels to leave such a complex ant like society Both Yeats and Thoreau also use hard rock- like materials as a representation of reality and how it can strike upon a person when they least expect it to Yeats conveys reality as pavement while Thoreau uses a sturdy foundation to represent the complex reality he once left as well Thoreau and Yeats are also able to
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