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by Henry David Thoreau

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

  • The Bhagavad-Gita (Economy.77)
  • The Bible (Economy.47-48)
  • Thomas Carew, Coelum Britannicum (Economy.111)
  • Ellery Channing, "Baker Farm" (Baker Farm.3)
  • Confucius, Analects (Economy.15, Where I Lived.20; Solitude.10; Conclusion.14)
  • ---. The Great Learning (Where I Lived.14; Higher Laws.9)
  • William Gilpin, Remarks on Forest Scenery (House-Warming.13)
  • William Habbingdon, "To My Honoured Friend Sir Ed. P. Knight" (Conclusion.2)
  • Homer, The Odyssey (Where I Lived.22)
  • Homer, The Iliad (Where I Lived.16; Visitors.8)
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses (Economy.5, 103; Spring.18, 21)
  • Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queen (Visitors.5)
  • Henry David Thoreau, "On Civil Disobedience" and "Resistance to Civil Government" (Village.3)
  • The Vedas (Where I Lived.14; Solitude.11; Higher Laws.8)

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