Chapter 2 of Walden contains a number of terms and references to people, events, and literary works that may not be familiar to the modern reader. The best place to start to research these is in annotated editions of the work. The definition of an annotation is "The addition of explanatory notes to a text by the author or an editor to explain, translate, cite sources, give bigbliographical data, comment, gloss, or paraphrase."
Olympic College Libraries owns two copies of annotated editions of Walden, which are in Closed Reserves behind the Check-Out Desk at Haselwood Library. They are library use only so that they will be available to the entire class. The citations are:
Thoreau, Henry David. The Annotated Walden: Walden, or, Life in the Woods. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1992. 818.31 Th391a
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. 818.31 Th391wy
After you have read the explanation in an annotated edition, you can do further research in reference sources (see tab above).
Source Consulted: Harmon, William and C. Hugh Holman. A Handbook to Literature (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1996.