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The Gift: Lies in Nature’s Lessons

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Albert Einstein said the following pertaining to humans’ verses nature:

"A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive” ("StumbleUpon.com: Discover the Best of the Web").

Nature holds the ability to tattoo our minds, we can learn about ourselves, and our interactions, by observation. The organic qualities of these poems are depicted, with the use of literary devices such as imagery and Tone. Nature is the underlying theme to both poems; however, they differ in that Thurston’s, River otters at play, is centered on unprincipled laws relating to love and communication. In contrast, to river otters at play, in mockingbirds the narrator has witnessed nature at its finest. She relates this observation to her life and therefore, an internal awakening is the locus of Mary Oliver’s poem. Because the narrators in both poems have observed nature, they came to opposite realizations; this resulted in nature being a successful learning tool in their lives.

The narrator realizes her connections to nature by relating her observation of the mockingbirds to the Greek tale. “...

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