around the world. He wrote some poemsa good many, in factfor several years. It encouraged scientific inquiry and observation. In the spring a Disagreements Concerning the Effects of Violence Thoreau picked a spot by Walden Pond, a small glacial lake located 3 km (2 miles) south of Concord on land Emerson owned.
His prose style was unequaled. At the time, an educated man like Thoreau might pursue a career in law or medicine or in the church. While other writers from his time have faded into obscurity, Thoreau has endured because so much of what he wrote about is still relevant today. Even when he grew ambivalent about the village after reaching adulthood, he never grew ambivalent about its lovely setting of woodlands, streams, and meadows. He made a strong case for acting on one's individual conscience and not blindly following laws and government policy. In spite of Emersons hospitality and friendship, however, Thoreau grew restless; his condition was accentuated by grief over the death of his brother John, who died of tetanus in January 1842 after cutting his finger. Thoreau reluctantly emerged, did an errand, and then went to collect huckleberries. Edward Emerson, the son of Ralph Waldo Emerson, is very clear.