Transcendentalism in Emersons Writing

Topics: Thought, Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson Pages: 1 (274 words) Published: March 27, 2012
I chose the reading by Emerson; I believe there is a lot of transcendentalism in this reading. Well I don’t believe there is a lot of transcendentalism, starting with the first paragraph first sentence where he writes, “Our Age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchers of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes.” He writes in confidence about his beliefs and how he feels about, basically, not “beholding” God and facing nature face to face. To me it seems like he is very interested in the Gods and Nature and is almost a little jealous that he didn’t witness the Gods era. He writes “To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.” In my opinion I believe he is saying that “adult persons” have grown old and are use to seeing the sun and stars every day and not appreciate them as much as someone younger. When he says the sun only illuminates into the eyes of a man I think he also means they look past it or don’t seem to, I’ll use the word appreciate again. There is a lot of transcendental thoughts in the first chapter called nature, I used the parts that stuck out to me the most and that I could connect to in a way. Explaining what I thought he meant in some of his thoughts.
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