Ralph Waldo Emerson's Essay 'Nature'

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In his essay entitled “Nature,” Ralph Waldo Emerson encourages his readers to look around, appreciate, and take nothing for granted. Emerson emphasizes the importance of removing oneself from all distractions, and suggests solitude as a way to truly connect with nature. We need to look at the landscape, and become a part of it. For nature allows one to focus, and become enlightened. Three lines of Emerson that best support his main message: 1. “To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society.” 2. “In the woods is perpetual youth.” 3. “In the woods, we return to reason and faith.” 4. “I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part …show more content…

“Natural influences work indirectly as well as directly; they work upon the subconscious, as well as upon the conscious self.” 2. “One thing is certain, in a hygienic way I owe much to my excursions to Nature.” 3. “When I come back, I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.” 4. “To absorb a thing is better than to learn it, and we absorb what we enjoy.” What do these two selections/authors have in common? “Nature” and “The Gospel of Nature” …… Nature is something for us all to enjoy. Both Emerson and Burroughs see nature as the most important and effective tool for learning. Being immersed and connecting with the landscape helps restore balance in one’s life. What are these two selections/authors different? As I compare these two selections, it is apparent that Burroughs’ essay is more personal than Emerson’s essay. Burroughs speaks about his own experiences in nature, and how these excursions have changed him as an individual. Throughout his essay, “The Gospel of Nature” Burroughs repeats the word ‘enjoy.’ To enjoy something is to take delight or pleasure in or to have the benefit of. Our connection to the natural world is vital, as it revitalizes our mind, body, and

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