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Sublime Nature

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Laura Rodriguez

on 5 March 2014

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Transcript of Sublime Nature

Sublime Nature
What is it ?
Sublime Nature
in Frankenstein
Sublime Nature in poems
What does "sublime" mean ?
The sublime is emotional,
which means it is considered something you must experience alone. It is also a mixture of terror and beauty.
Examples in the book
After William and
Justine's death,
Victor retreats to the mountains.
Outside of Frankenstein
Sublime nature, beyond Mary Shelley's novel,
reveals how it has an effect on people's mood and lives
The sublime in poems had to
deal with the feeling(s) a reader got
when experiencing the natural world.
Work Cited:
Romantic of Nature
-> William Wordworth's Sublime Nature, Published by Zak Grimm
, Marry Shelley
, Shelley Mary. New York: Dover Publications, 1994.
-> Google Image and Wikipedia
by Nairy Shahbaz
"Sublime" is an adjective describing something of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration.
"The weight upon my spirit was sensibly lightened as I plunged yet deeper
in the ravine of Arve.
The immense mountains and precipices that overhung me on every side,
the sound of the river raging among the rocks,
and the dashing of the waterfalls around spoke of a power mighty as
Omnipotence—and I ceased to fear or to bend before any being less
almighty than that which had created and ruled the elements"
Caspar David Friedrich,
Wandering above the sea of fog,
Edmond Burke
He was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher. Burke's book
A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Sublime and Beautiful
illustrates sublime nature's power to destroy.
The first encounter with the monster reflect's nature's ability
to both captivate and cause fear.
The sublime in the monste, raised by nature, he lived in the woods for most of the beginnig of the story.
The monster feels his
heart lighten as spring
arrives, which demonstartes
the apperant change of mood in the
novel due to the influence of nature.
However, when Victor realizes
that the monster will haunt
him no matter where he goes,
he feels like nature doesn't consol
him and its wolrd's power diminushes.
William Wordsworth
In his poem, "Lines written a few
miles above Tintern Abbey,"
Wordsworth wrote that, to him, the Sublime was
"that blessed mood/In which the burden of the
mystery/In which the heavy and the
weary weight/Of all this unintelligible world/Is lightened" (38-42) and that because
the Sublime exists,
"We see into the life of things" (50).
Worsdworth (1770-1850) was an English Romantic poet.
There were two parts to this philosophy:
- The Dynamic
For example, it was "felt" upon experiencing a natural phenomenon bigger than oneself, which then caused simultaneous feelings of fear or doubt.
- The Mathematical
The Mathematical focused on things more infinite,
like looking up into the night sky.
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