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...and the relationship between nature and man. This notion is reinforced through the French philosopher Denis Diderot who notes “all that stuns the soul, all that imprints a feeling of terror, leads to the sublime.” (Encyclopédie, 1830). Finally, the light-coloured palette choice symbolises the figure’s tranquillity of mind highlighting the impact of solitude in promoting spiritual accomplishment. This is reflected in Coleridge’s This Lime Tree Bower My Prison where the recurrence of the rook in “My gentle-hearted Charles! when the last rook / Beat its straight path along the dusty air” connects the persona with his colleague despite their separation symbolising the capacity for nature and imagination to unite individuals through spiritual connection. Hence, the power of nature enables the individual to attain inner fulfilment through the human capacity of imagination.
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