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Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature Crossing a bare common in snow puddles at twilight under a clouded sky without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune I have enjoyed perfect exhilaration Almost I fear to think how glad I am In the woods too a man casts off his years as the snake his slough and at what period soever of life is always a child In the woods is perpetual youth Henry David Thoreau Waldon Where I Lived and What I Lived For I did not wish to live what was not life living is so dear not did I wish to practice resignation unless it was quite necessary I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were two of the most influential writers of the 19th century Emerson is considered the father of Transcendentalism He was a optimistic writer who appealed to both the intellectuals and the general public He wrote about many things including views on nature the individual and the afterlife Thoreau came after Emerson and was a difficult man who appeared to be a failure After traveling to Walden Pond he wrote his most renowned book Walden He supported individualism and the idea of not conforming to society Emerson influenced Thoreaus ideas but they both had their individualistic styles Emerson appears to be superior in both the effectiveness of his style and the conveying of his transcendental ideas Both Thoreau and Emerson use paradoxes in the passages above In the phrase Almost I fear to think how glad I am Emerson presents a contradiction it seems paradoxical that he fears his happiness The phrase shows the complexity of what Emerson feels He is expressing that in his state of mind he is so incredibly happy that it scares him It is almost as if he is in disbelief This paradox is very
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