January 30, 1852

in Thoreau’s Journal:

…..the first book & not the last should contain the poetry of flowers….The most poetical of books— It should have the beauty & fragrance of flowers.— some of their color…. In which is uttered breathed man’s love of flowers.


Do nothing merely out of good resolutions. Discipline yourself only to yield to love— Suffer yourself to be attracted. It is in vain to write on chosen themes. We must wait till they have kindled a flame in our minds. There must be the copulating & generating force of love behind every effort destined to be successful. The cold resolve gives birth to —begats nothing. The theme seeks me, not I it. The poet’s relation to this theme is the relation of lovers. It is no more to be courted. Obey—report.

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