Three Poems

Henry David Thoreau

Economy #1

-By Joseph Doherty

    As I sit here trying to write some essay for a class which I have no intention of doing well on. Starting a senior slide, which will not have a good effect in the long run. Only having my mind set only getting AirPods. Though from reading Economy I realized that you only need the necessity of life is all you need. Or is it?

    “He has no time to be anything but a machine.” Everyone has times were they have felt as they are being controlled or they have a one track mind. For me almost every day of the past couple months have been as though I was being controlled. School work and applications, I was told were the most important things. Having little to no free time daily. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” This quote talks about how when you are focused on one thing you become quiet and only trying to do what they have to do. Working hard on homework then switching the task to essays for school. Working as a robot day in and day out knowing what my task was, and how it needed to be completed. Only focusing on what was important can be good in some aspects; however, bad in others. Only having school work and essays to work on made me realize what needed to be done, and having nothing else distracting me for the goal. As countless nights pass by with the taps and clicks of the keyboard keeping me up for hours trying to perfect my work. With each essay I finished I drew closer to being done, but as well closer to the due date of them. My life halted, only focusing on two things: Not watching TV or doing anything else. My life became boring having no fun, and the stress began to boil as well. Knowing that so much was ridding on this gave me writers blocking trying to think of the perfect thing to say. Having things to distract you from your goal is a good and a bad thing. You don’t want to try and push yourself too hard. 

    “I trust that none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may do good service to him whom it fits.” Throughout my career in English class I have been forced to read books I didn’t enjoy. There is nothing good about reading a book you don’t like. You can’t get into it and it really puts a sour taste into your mouth when you realize that you have to read it for homework. This happened a lot with Moby Dick me not being able to get into it and barley surviving the winter term. I have always heard of the Author David therou, but never had the chance to read any of his work. Thankfully his writings sounds interesting since it is about the necessity’s of life. “Moreover, I, on my side, require of every writer, first or last, a simple and sincere account of his own life.” His life seems very interesting so I would like to learn more of his life. “I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.” He knows what he is strong at writing and sticks to what he knows best, his own life. I see three different ways of having an English class: you could just stay with what you like and not expand, be not open to anything and have a boring class were you don’t enjoy what you are reading, or go in with an open mind and attempt to expand your style of reading that you like. Even if you end up with not liking it, going in with an open mind is the main thing. With this I believe that you should not live with just the necessity’s of life. You may find something that you like and want to continue if you venture out. If you stay with just the basics you might have more of a boring life. 

    The two quotes that I chose from Economy were the ones that really spoke to me; throughout the piece he talks about the necessity’s of life. The first quote shows how you sometimes get wrapped up in work an only focus on the necessities of life, and the next one shows how if you are open to doing new things you might find interest in them. Whether you think that living to the necessities for branching out is up to you. 


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