Thoreau likens a fisherman’s weaving of a creel to creating a poem about the spring. He shows great respect for skills and care in material things and processes.

‘He was meditating a small poem in his way.  It was equal to a successful stanza whose subject was spring.’  20 March 1858

Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 490

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