When reading poetry or writing by Ralph Waldo Emerson, there is the need to understand the feeling behind the writing. Such is the meaning when reading Emerson’s Nature as the writer explores man, a relationship with God, and the solitude of man which is needed to enjoy nature. Reading the work allows the understanding of relationships fostering the understanding of solitude and man’s need to be in solitude to appreciate nature which can be seen as a thesis relative to the writing.
Further examination of the text through the process of analysis enables the understanding of what the author was feeling and why he was written the work. The author begins the writing with the creation of a standard that is metaphorical while also being abstract speaking to all men believing that people take nature for granted and in doing so do see the beauty that surrounds them. The stars can be seen no matter where an individual stands in the world.
But if an individual takes the time to look at the stars while being at peace, the individual can enjoy the beauty while also enjoying the wonder that goes with the process. It is at this time that one can understand that true solitude involves being secluded and alone. To many people, isolation could be a condition of being apart from all humans by choice to rest.
From this text, it can also be seen that all-natural objects have the ability to fill us with the same sense of peace or awe if the individual is open to the experience or influence.
In reading the work, it is as though the reader can feel Emerson’s feeling with an understanding of the solitude that he is talking about while also seeing the stars in the way that the poet sees the stars. Another interesting point in the writing is that the author creates a connection between the landscape and the stars sharing that everything in the Universe is connected to one another. Nature is viewed as a collection of combined objects that make a whole. This context allows the reader to see nature clearly versus viewing nature casually which is what we as humans tend to do. Having days filled with stress, worries, concerns, and tasks take away peace and tranquility. It is of importance to see nature without distraction thereby allowing the enjoyment of the view which is what we did as children. How we see things is of importance to the writer giving a different examples of the viewing process. Emerson shares: “There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet” (9).
A discussion occurs about the property that is seen on the horizon but is only understood by the poet who integrates all of the parts. Though the owner of the property may have the warranty deed, he may not understand the real value of what is owned. Another example is the “eye and the sun” (9) with the understanding that the sun shines into not only the eye of the child but also the heart. Becoming mature can take away innocence replacing it with things that cause distraction thereby causing the individual to no longer see God or solitude as important. Emerson states: “ In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature” (9). The author shares that we are a particle of God with all people being connected with man beholding his nature as beautiful. The writing reveals the “transparent eyeball” (9) being a representation of wonder with a willingness to be open to influence all-natural objects. The reader can comprehend what the poet is saying while also understanding what was like to be a child surrounded by nature and being connected with God through nature. The writer has shown the reader how to throw away the traditional way of viewing nature as historians have written it and to be in the place of solitude thereby discovering the new beauty that will exist continually.
In the writing of Nature, the author gives the reader a different approach to the definition of nature. The writing explores man, a relationship with God, and the solitude of man which is needed to enjoy nature. To have an appreciation of nature, there is the need for man to be at peace and in solitude. In writing, nature is referred to as the essence that is not changed by the presence of humans viewing it with the writer believing that humanity has lost some of its appreciation and excitement because of the daily task of living. It is of importance to remember what it was like as a child viewing nature while also having a perception of nature that may or may not agree with others. The writer regards nature as something that is not human and that humanity cannot change while also sharing that the abstract truth of the theory of nature is true as well as practical. People do take nature for granted. The author believes in the value of nature, God and spiritual experience with respect for man. In analyzing the work, I have gained insight into the importance of solitude with the need to have respect for nature which is something that I have taken for granted.