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Discussion Question about Thoreau's cabin

Once Thoreau finishes his cabin he compares it to Mount Olympus and calls it a paradise, is there any reason other than pride to draw these bold comparisons to a self-made, slightly unfinished at the time cabin?

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According to the biography on Whitman, he intended to be regarded as "a writer for the masses". However, we know that this was not the case with his writing. Therefore, what is it about Whitman's writing that causes it to not appeal to the masses as he had intended for it to do?