Relationship between Man and Nature in Emerson and Thoreau

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Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau is transcendentalist. Emerson wrote American Scholar which highlights on creating American’s own writings. The inspiration can be gained through the European writings. There are three important influences upon a mind of scholar that is nature, past and action. A scholar should not focus on a particular thing but should have universal knowledge as they have to be able to gain the pride of the reader. Thoreau even focuses on the importance of nature and how nature helps the poets to relate human with nature. There are differences and relationship between man and nature in Emerson and Thoreau. Emerson tells that a man and nature is connected to each other. Emerson talks about how the mind of a person is influenced by the beauty of nature and how nature inspires the poets to write poem. He says that nature is one who teaches and influences the mind of a writer because “every day, the sun; and after sunset, night and her stars, ever the winds blows; ever the grass grows, there is never a beginning, there is never an end to the inexplicable continuity of this web of God but always circular power returning into itself.” (Emerson, 1837.). Emerson stated that human mind and the nature are same as there is no beginning and no end. Nature and the mind are the same as it has no beginning and no end. Emerson also in American Scholar talks about how everything is connected with each other. He says that as roots of the tree, the branches, the

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