Thoreau's description anticipates Frost's handling of imagery. But Thoreau'sentry the next day offers an interesting variation on Frost's poem. He begins byrecording that day's response to the observable beauty which can be attributedto nature's transforming and creative powers and then speculates on thecomparative merits of man and nature. The first paragraph is largely descriptiveof this "finest show of ice" (444): "Nothing dark met the eye,but a silvery sheen, precisely as if the whole tree—trunk, boughs, and twigs—wereconverted into burnished silver. You exclaimed at every hedgerow. Sometimes aclump of birches £ell over every way in graceful ostrich-plumes, all rayingfrom one centre. . . . Suddenly all is converted to crystal. The world is acrystal palace" (445).


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