"Meet Mr. Thoreau"
Nature as Literature
An Exercise in Writing & Sauntering
Thoreau is considered one of our greatest and earliest nature writers. His ability to describe the nature around him derives equally from his power of observation and the power of his pen.
This exercise has two parts:
1) Please describe for others in the class, a place that is very special and familiar to you, concentrating on its natural setting. The place can be as close as your backyard or as far as a thousand miles away.
2) We are then going to take a walk. You can take notes as we go. When we return, I'd like you to write down what you saw.
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