Analysis Of John Muir's ' The Solitude Of Now '

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John Muir, from “My First Summer in the Sierra” (p.71) Summary of Yosemite
John Muir deeply lives in the solitude of now, and integrates a sense of belonging within Yosemite when he writes, “We are now in the mountains and they are in us” (Muir, p. 72). Muir’s detailed, joyous descriptions of the Yosemite, in the mountains, valleys, forests, Yosemite Creek with falling waters, mountain creatures and plants, erupted in his writing as the very breath of his life, that soaked the exquisite sightings into his skin and rooted themselves into his bones. Muir delineated the vast beauty of the landscape and the simple face of a daisy declaring a himself a servant in a “holy wilderness," a wilderness that mirrored the reflection of the Creator.
Muir weaves his childhood memorized scripture into the wondrousYosemite beauty, while he observes the Pika as a “haymaker,” he writes, “God up here is looking after them”. “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26, NIV). Muir describes the visiting flowers as nature’s cloud of witnesses as in the book of Hebrews. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” (Hebrews 12:1, NIV).
Muir’s poetic, mystical first encounter in the Sierra…
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