Wednesday, March 20

Facts about Henry David Thoreau


   Learn some quick facts about 

Henry David Thoreau. 


This week’s famous poet is Henry David Thoreau. Last week’s famous poet was Emily Bronte. 

Henry David Thoreau is a famous poet. One of his most famous books is Walden. He has over twenty volumes (books) with his poems, essays, and other works in them. He was born in Concord, Massachusetts. His parents’ names are John Thoreau and Cynthia Dunbar. He had three siblings.


Keep reading to find out more about Henry David Thoreau. 


Here is a list of some poems by Henry David Thoreau: 

  • My Prayer
  • The Inward Morning
  • Friendship
  • Mist
  • The Moon
  • I was Made Erect and Lone
  • Inspiration
  • Conscience
  • The Thaw


What is your favorite poem? 


 Quick facts about Henry David Thoreau: 

1. He was born July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts.

2. Henry David Thoreau was 44 years old when he died. He passed away on May 6, 1862, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts. He died from tuberculosis.

3. The following is one of Henry David Thoreau’s poems: 

The Thaw

I saw the civil sun drying earth’s tears —

Her tears of joy that only faster flowed,


Fain would I stretch me by the highway side,

To thaw and trickle with the melting snow,

That mingled soul and body with the tide,

I too may through the pores of nature flow.


But I alas nor tinkle can nor fume,

One jot to forward the great work of Time,

‘Tis mine to hearken while these ply the loom,

So shall my silence with their music chime.

(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. Henry David Thoreau wrote essays, articles, journals, books, and poems. He is best known for these two works:

  • Civil Disobedience (essay)
  • Walden (book)

5. Henry David Thoreau worked at his father’s pencil company. He made (invented) many improvements to the pencils that were produced in his father’s pencil company.

6. Here is a list of Henry David Thoreau’s siblings:

  • Helen Thoreau
  • John Thoreau
  • Sophia Thoreau

7. Henry David Thoreau never married, and he did not have any children.

8. He was friends with Ralph Waldo Emerson. He lived with the Emerson’s for about three years. During those three years he tutored Emerson’s sons.

9. His real name is David Henry Thoreau. He switched his first and middle name sometime after he graduated from his studies at Harvard.


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Books about Henry David Thoreau: 

1. Little Naturalists: Henry David Thoreau in the Woods by Kate Coombs

2. The Magical Story of Walden Pond by Krimsey Lilleth

3. Henry David Thoreau for Kids by Corinne Smith


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"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." —Henry David Thoreau




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