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Emerson's Nature

Selected quotes from Emerson's famous essay.
by

Audra Lind

on 25 November 2014

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Transcript of Emerson's Nature

"Nature"
To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me.
But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars.
One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the
perpetual
presence of the
Seen in the streets of cities, how great they are!
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore;
the stick of timber of the wood-cutter
from the tree of the poet.
The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and what he touches.
When we speak of nature in this manner, we have a distinct but most poetical sense in the mind.

The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms.
Miller owns that field
Locke owns that
And Manning the woodland beyond
But none of them owns the landscape.
... he whose eyes can integrate all parts, that is, the poet.
This is the best part of these men's farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title.
sublime.
Emerson suggests that it was part of some great plan to
make the atmosphere "see through" so we could see the stars.
The heavenly bodies Emerson refers to are the stars. The stars give us a perpetual
(always, on-going)
example of something sublime
(perfect, beautiful)
.
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Important ideas found in
The guy who can pull all of these ideas together is the poet. :)
You can own land, but NOBODY owns the view :)
I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration.
Crossing a bare common
, in snow puddles, at
twilight
,
under
a
clouded

sky
,
without
having in my
thoughts
any occurrence
of
special
good fortune
,
... It is this which distinguishes
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