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Your horse or mine Henry David Thoreau to much of the literary world was one of the greatest writers of all time His philosophy experiments theories and opinions are considered genius even by todays standards Thoreau does however manage to stump even the best of the english and literature scholars with one phrase in his book Walden I long ago lost a hound a bay horse and a turtle dove and I am still on their trail Many are the travelers I have spoken concerning them describing their tracks and what calls they answered to I have met one or two who had heard the hound and the tramp of the horse and even seen the turtle dove disappear behind a cloud and they seemed as anxious to recover them as if they had lost them themselves For some the horse turtle dove and hound are symbolic of actual human beings His friend father girlfriend just to name a few They believe that Thoreau is making reference to people who at one time or another were close to him and he cared for These figures either dies moved away rejected him or lost touch some how In some way he had lost people he held with a certain emotion On the flip side many others believe that he was only using the animals as a metaphor to show that everyone has lost something in there lives To every man have his own definition and relation to what the hound horse and dove stand for I believe the latter in that Thoreau meant for us the readers to draw from the passage their own meaning I stand by this simply because he mentions that he lost these things and is still on their trail implying that they can be found again So unless he is either suicidal depressed or hung up on past relationships it would make more sense to assume that he wanted us to
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