Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Theme Of Nature In His Works



Ralph Waldo Emerson stresses the theme of nature in most of his literary works. He was the first of his fathers side of the family to not become a Unitarian minister like his father, or his clergyman ancestors dating back to the time of the Puritans. In my opinion, and many others opinions, made him a non-conformist which he called, “Selfism”. Emerson’s first book, Nature (1936), is perhaps the best expression of his Transcendentalism, the belief that everything in our world--even a drop of dew-- is a microcosm of the universe. His concept of the Over-Soul-- a Supreme Mind that every man and woman share-- allowed Transcendentalists to disregard external authority and to rely ...

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and weaknesses, but in the end they end up equal. In the poem Water, Emerson compared water to life, “Well used, it decketh joy,... Ill used it will destroy,...” (lines 7 and 9). Water well used, like rain, nourishing a farmer’s crop would bring joy, a flash flood would destroy his crop and cause great sadness. The same goes for human beings, if someone spends time doing nice things for people they will make people happy, but if they ill use their time for bad things they will cause great unhappiness and maybe even destroy lives. This was Emerson’s way of trying to explain the experience of spirit of soul that human beings feel in themselves and also in nature. Emerson’s famous essay, “Self-Reliance,” in which the writer ...

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