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Site of Thoreau's hut, Lake Walden, Concord, Massachusetts
Henry David Thoreau, an American writer who wrote about the outdoors, had a hut here at Lake Walden, Massachusetts

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John Keats Wrote Ode "To Autumn"
September 19, 1819

John Keats wrote several odes, which many people say are his greatest poetic achievements. With the exception of "To Autumn" which he wrote in September, he wrote all the odes between March and June of 1819. During this time, he was struggling with a fatal illness as well as mourning the death of his brother. He also had an intense love affair with Fanny Brawne, who later became his fiancée. Sadly, John Keats died from tuberculosis at the age of 25 in 1821.

Observation and description of the natural world were typical of the English Romantic movement (Romantic writing is characterized by an idealization of the past.) Poets John Keats, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge had an influence on American writers such as Henry David Thoreau. Living on Walden Pond, Thoreau continued the tradition of Romantic poets in his journals describing his surroundings.

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