Most would think God guides the path but Wordsworth believes that Nature guides his path. Wordsworth says, "The earth is all before me: with a heart/ Joyous, nor scared at its own liberty,/ I look about, and should the guide I chuse/ be nothing better than a wandering cloud,/ I cannot miss my way (lines15-19)." He Thompson 2 puts his trust and faith into Nature. This is how Wordsworth comes to know that whatever road he is led to he can't be wrong because all roads in Nature are divine. He has blind faith because whatever path nature makes he will follow.
The book revolves around one particular idea that God is nature and we should live close to nature, for it is our greatest teacher, and it is once again God. There is this idea in the book that God can manifest through nature, like when Janie was under the fruit tree, in nature, and was finally able to get her thoughts together, figuratively through God (11). Also in the text, Teacake, Janie and Motorboat were watching the hurricane up in the sky. The text directly restated the title, “Their eyes were watching God,” directly implying that the hurricane, a representation of nature, is God himself. This same hurricane puts the three through havoc and nearly kills them; also implying that it is God, himself, only this time, indirectly.
After the American independence, writers started to write about man’s relationship with nature, god, society which was called transcendentalism. Emerson and Thoreau were transcendentalists who had similar views about life and nature. As Thoreau was Emerson’s student they were both great writers who strongly believed in the idea of Self Reliance and God through nature, although they had their own style of explaining nature, their differences were of very little. This essay will however talk about the relationship between man and nature in Emerson and Thoreau. Firstly this essay will talk about Emerson’s view on man’s relationship with nature.
He repeatedly says that nature is a divine creation of God and through it man can learn to be closer to god. However, despite the reverence, awe, and prerequisite mental status, he also presents the concept of nature being 'below' and man on a 'Scala Natura ' of sorts. Although man seen as connected to and part of nature, for he questions if we can "separate the man from the living picture" of nature (26), he finds that nature is nothing without human interpretation because "All facts in natural history taken by themselves have not value . . .. but marry it to human history, and it is full of life," (33).
Though there is a special relationship between man and nature, but nature does not provide the pleasure that comes of perceiving this relationship. Such satisfaction is a product of a particular harmony between man’s inner processes and the outer world. The way we react to nature depends upon our state of mind in approaching it. According to Emerson, he treats the most basic uses of the nature is for heat, food, water, shelter ... ... middle of paper ... ...to commerce, to politics, to the spread of industrialization and urbanization. He also believes that, climate does react on man, as there is something in the mountain, which is air, that feeds the spirits and inspires.
The Psychology of Robert Frost’s Nature Poetry Robert Frost’s nature poetry occupies a significant place in the poetic arts; however, it is likely Frost’s use of nature is the most misunderstood aspect of his poetry. While nature is always present in Frost’s writing, it is primarily used in a “pastoral sense” (Lynen 1). This makes sense as Frost did consider himself to be a shepherd. Frost uses nature as an image that he wants us to see or a metaphor that he wants us to relate to on a psychological level. To say that Frost is a nature poet is inaccurate.
Emerson believed that thru nature you still find God because he created the world. In his writing “Nature,” he says, “The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship” (Emerson 962). He believed the more you emerge yourself with nature the more divine you will be, because God made nature as art. He also bring up the argument of if you don’t associate with nature then you don’t understand your surroundings just like you won’t understand God. In the writing “Nature,” he says “We are as much strangers in nature as we are aliens from God.
In Nature Emerson also expresses his love and admiration for the poet when he writes how a woodcutter sees a tree as a stick of timber where the poet sees it for what it is, a tree. Also in this first chapter Emerson expresses his transcendental belief that children are closer to God when he writes, “The sun illuminates only the eye of a man, but shines into the eye and the heart of a child.”(616). From this first chapter we can tell that Emerson had an almost insatiable love of nature, he believed that god was all around us, in our fields, our forests, and our rivers. The second chapter of Nature is entitled Commodity. In Commodity Emerson is ranking all the advantages which our senses owe to nature.
But his greatest contribution to the world is not his scientific research; rather it is the example of respect and thoughtfulness with which he approached nature. This individualistic and spiritual approach to nature differentiates him from modern day ecologists. Thoreau’s quest was to understand better and appreciate nature as a whole and the greater role it plays in connection to all things. Not only did he succeed in doing so, but he has also inspired his readers to question, observe, and appreciate the natural world. His thoughts on nature are recognized today as precursors of the conservation movement and also inspiration for the creation of national parks.
Emerson on the other hand believes that the way to transcend the soul is to go forth into nature and experience its beauty in all the senses. He believes nature’s beauty will allow man to find wisdom and to be closer to God. He writes, “in the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life—no d... ... middle of paper ... ...ight in his way of looking at the world and nature. Plato says that transcendence cannot occur by looking at the things in nature because they are merely imitations of the form of Beauty and will not recall the real thing.