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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

Nature

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

opening line
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
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
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
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.”
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