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Nature

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“Nature” is a short essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson published anonymously in 1836. It is in this essay that the foundation of transcendentalism is put forth, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Recent advances in zoology, botany, and geology confirmed Emerson’s intuitions about the intricate relationships of nature at large.

The publication of “Nature” is usually taken to be the watershed moment at which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. Henry David Thoreau had read “Nature” as a senior at Harvard College and took it to heart. It eventually became an essential influence for Thoreau’s later writings, including his seminal Walden.

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NATURE

BY

R. W. EMERSON

A subtle chain of countless rings The next unto the farthest brings; The eye reads omens where it goes, And speaks all languages the rose; And, striving to be man, the worm Mounts through all the spires of form.

NEW EDITION

BOSTON & CAMBRIDGE: JAMES MUNROE AND COMPANY M DCCC XLIX.

Entered, according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1849 By JAMES MUNROE AND COMPANY, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

BOSTON: THURSTON, TORRY AND COMPANY, 31 Devonshire Street.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION 1 CHAPTER I. NATURE 8 CHAPTER II. COMMODITY 10 CHAPTER III. BEAUTY 13 CHAPTER IV. LANGUAGE 23 CHAPTER V. DISCIPLINE 34 CHAPTER VI. IDEALISM 45 CHAPTER VII. SPIRIT 59 CHAPTER VIII. PROSPECTS 64

INTRODUCTION.

OUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes... Continue reading book >>


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Reviewer: - November 14, 2013
Brilliant book ruined by bad narration.


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