Click the links below to access short text readings for IHENG 240/Topics in AmLit: Literature of the Open Road

Appalachian Trail in Virginia

  • Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road.” Originally published as “Poem of the Road” in the 1856 edition of Leaves of Grass
  • Henry David Thoreau, “Walking.” Portions first delivered in lecture form in 1851; first published in present format in 1862 in the Atlantic Monthly