In his seminal essay on "Nature" (1836) Emerson writes:
"In the woods, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years."
Thoreau's Walden; Or, Life In The Woods (1854) is more than a tribute to Emersonian ideas; it is a forceful plea for the renewal and regeneration of the self. It is concerned with the deeper significance of reality as a whole.
Kher, Inder Nath
"The Poetic Vision of "Walden" and the Idea of Human Freedom in the "Bhagavadgita","
Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies:
Vol. 4, Article 6.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7825/2164-6279.1044