Emerson View Of Nature In Relation To Transcendentalism

Emerson View Of Nature In Relation To Transcendentalism


Emerson?s ideals of transcendentalism are clearly expressed in Nature and ?The American Scholar.? He alludes to the transcendentalist belief in the soul?s inherent ability to grasp the truth in Nature when he says:

?Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust the perfection of the creation so far as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy. Every man?s condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put.?

Emerson at first seems to have had very contradictory ideas about the separation between man and Nature. To explain how the “me” can be shown by the “not me” Emerson makes examples of Nature, using such imagery as circulating currents of water and air. His less ambiguous references are metaphors about the interaction between man and nature through spirit. The basis and inspiration for the creative insights that Emerson desires come from being immersed in the revitalizing stream of Nature: “Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us, why should we grope among the dry bones of the past…”

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