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Nature. By Ralph Waldo Emerson. Opening Line. Solitude is transcendent state achieved through being in nature Stars inspire deep respect and create a sense of solitude Parallels stars inaccessible qualities to a landscape or horizon. Viewing Nature in a Poetical Sense.
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Nature By Ralph Waldo Emerson
Opening Line • Solitude is transcendent state achieved through being in nature • Stars inspire deep respect and create a sense of solitude • Parallels stars inaccessible qualities to a landscape or horizon
Viewing Nature in a Poetical Sense • Describes those for whom this is possible. Who are they? • Individuals who have “the eye and the heart” of a child can truly see nature. Why? • An adult reacts to nature visually and intellectually. A child, or an adult who has kept some innocence and openness, is able to react emotionally as well.
A Child’s Eyes and Heart Theme • This theme is developed throughout the paragraph. • “In the woods, too, a man cast his years. . .and. . .is always a child” • References to eyes continue: “I become transparent eyeball” • All egotism vanishes, and nature is revealed to someone who can see this way. • End of the paragraph – through the horizon/landscape, man sees that his own nature, too, is beautiful
The Delight • Viewing nature with the eyes and heart of a child brings about this delight • A higher thought or better emotion • The final paragraph stresses “the delight” in the previous paragraph resides in man, or his harmony with nature • Therefore, “[n]ature always wears the colors of the spirit.”