A Page from Deidre's Journal
It is not upon you alone the dark patches fall,
This is my favorite section of this poem. It is an
affirmation—a reassurance—it is an entire PHILOSOPHY. From it, I
get such a sense of acceptance. Being human is not about being a perfect
being. Being human is both dark and light, good and evil, celebration and
mourning. To be wholly human, you have to understand and cherish the
“bad”—to define/understand/inform your notion of
"good." There’s such a sense of UNITY—that evil and good
are the same thing (very Blake-ian)—innocence and experience: to
appreciate innocence, you have to have passed THROUGH it to experience.
But having experience precludes your ever again being innocent. And this
state of awakening/ understanding/acceptance is the way it should and must
WOW! I just love these "Henry" books my step-mom got
for Tori. How thoughtful of her—she got them so that Tori will
have a sense of what I’m experiencing on our upcoming trip. I love
the thought of being able to introduce my four-year-old daughter to
philosophies I embrace despite her being so young.
Walden Pond – Thoreau’s Cabin
I can’t quite believe that I’m back at home. I feel so disoriented. I’m been exhausted and disconnected, though O-so-glad to be home. I had one of the best times of my life on this trip. I just cannot express it. Tonight, Tori wanted me to read her her "Henry" books. I started crying while reading Henry Builds a Cabin. I’m just overwhelmed to have actually stood in his "dining room," his "library," and followed the "stairway" to his ballroom, the pond. Tori couldn’t understand why I was so emotional; she wanted to run and get her daddy and tell him I was crying. I couldn’t explain to her how amazing it is that I was THERE—that I sat at Henry’s "desk"—and that I left a little bit of ME there in the woods at Walden Pond. Oh . . . I just don’t know . . . I’m crying again as I write this.
"American Transcendentalism: An Online Travel Guide" was produced by students in ENGL 446, American Transcendentalism, and ENGL 447, American Literature and the Prominence of Place: A Travel Practicum. These courses were team-taught in the Department of English at Shepherd University, (formerly Shepherd College), Shepherdstown, West Virginia, in Spring 2002 by Dr. Patricia Dwyer and Dr. Linda Tate. The courses were taught again in Srping 2006 by Dr. Linda Tate. For more information on the course and the web project, visit "About This Site." © 2003 and 2006 Linda Tate.