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Auden) that literature makes nothing happen. This kind of accommodation with "reality"-of reified consciousness-is precisely what Thoreau is arguing against in the book. Nor for the time and place is there anything especially unusual about his civic ambitions; on the contrary, they are perfectly consistent with the New England ideal of the literary vocation. Lewis P. Simpson has shown that a conception of the writer as a spiritual and intellectual authority was particularly strong around Boston and Concord during the early decades of the nineteenth century.
The immobility or bruteness of nature is the absence of spirit; to pure spirit, it is volatile, it is obedient. Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house, a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect. What we are, that only can we see. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house. heaven and earth: Caesar called his house, Rome; you perhaps call yours, a cobler's trade; a hundred acres of ploughed land; or a scholar's garret.
Implicitly he projects a role for himself as a model legislator, one whose effectiveness will lie in his ability to inspire others through his words: No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. They are rare in the history of the world. There are orators, politicians, and eloquent men, by the thousand; but the speaker has not yet opened his mouth to speak, who is capable Walden and the "Curse of Trade" of settling the much-vexed questions of the day. We love eloquence for its own sake, and not for any truth which it may utter, or any heroism it may inspirc8 In Walden Thoreau assumes the duties of this reformer-legislator as a writer rather than a speaker because of the greater range and authority of literature.