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Romanticism throughout history describes a period that connected certain human thought and behavior to individuals and cultures Rather than analysis and reason it is a period full of imagination and insight It is a period that explores a world that is in hope of finding acceptance and new ideas Henry David Thoreau and Edgar Allen Poe are two relatively well-known authors during the Romanticism period Thoreaus life in particular constantly remains in search for truth beauty and understanding for a better life for mankind His beliefs of society government and mankind while living under his own disapprobation led to some of his greatest works in literature Some of these works include Walden Civil Disobedience Slavery in Massachusetts and A plea for Captain John Brown In his essay Civil Disobedience Thoreau expresses his belief in the power and the duty of the individual to determine right from wrong It is not a mans duty as a matter of course to devote himself to the eradication of any even to most enormous wrong he may still properly have other concerns to engage him but it is his duty at least to wash his hands of it and if he gives it no thought longer not to give it practically his support CD In addition Thoreau believed that his greatest skill was to want but little Walden During his time at Walden Thoreau determines what is needed for human survival as he learns to take pleasure in a life of simplicity and solitude He concluded that if mankind had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in For it is nature that he looks to as a source for fundamental truth The deeper the relationship with Nature the deeper the understanding of the basic mysteries of life However
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