Craig Bradley Professor. R. WilliamsEnglish 102-RSL24 December 2017 Untouched By ManThe story story “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson emphasizes the classical viewpoints held by the founding fathers, in the ways in which we write and criticize both literature and history. Emerson invites the idea of accepting nature as most important, fully embracing nature and letting go of the traditional ways of thinking held by those who have come before us.
“Let us demand our own works and laws and worship”. (Emerson) As portrayed in the essay, Emerson suggests that there’s a time for the change, in the ways we create, our ideas, laws, and works that relate more directly to the time that reflects our current needs. Nature refers to anything being unchanged by man, “space, the air, the river, the leaf”. Whereas art is only applied when the interference of man is introduced providing his own twist to how he views nature through the creator’s eye. Nature should play an important role in all individuals lives believed Emerson.
He saw a connection to nature as a connection to god. Previously it was only thought that you can have a connection as such through visiting a designated spiritual area being a church. To be one with nature is to have a balance between inward and outward senses in a individuals life. Americans typically form the society losing their touch with nature, overlooking the importance of the trees, sun, moon, air, and much more on a day-to-day basis. In addition, nature plays a critical role in poetry and art as well.
The role of nature provides unspoken imaginations to be emphasized in the artist or poets own image. “It is this which distinguishes the stick of timber of the wood-cutter…”(Emerson). Everyone sees a picture differently from the perspective of their given profession. The artist sees the trees beautiful leaves and coloration admiring the visual beauty. The poet has the ability to create an image of the same tree through words bringing it to life. He ends by saying the most person cannot do the same as the poet or artist. To conclude Emerson believed everything that was outside of man himself should go under the title of nature.
“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward sense are still truly…”(Emerson). That we should see nature from the viewpoint as if we still possessed the curiosity of a child throughout manhood. His goal was to become the transparent eyeball of natural or a particle of god.
Ultimately going beyond the world as we traditionally know it through the knowledge of our fathers but instead creating new works, laws, and worship.