FC: Transcendentalism | and Nature | by Olivia Lauzon & Lydia Ellington
1: "Nature always wears the colors of the spirit (Emerson)." This means that in nature one can witness his/her spirit in the nature around them. Written by Emerson a true Transcendentalist he had many of the characteristics of romanticism. In this quote we see that he reflects on nature's beauty as a path to spiritual and moral beauty. It also means that to find one's self they must look towards nature.
2: "Yet it is certain that the power to produce this delight does not reside in nature but in man, or in harmony in both (Emerson)." | This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson tells us about the philosophy Emerson enjoyed about nature. That to pursue one over the other would only lead to half lived lives and that if shared jointly with nature would lead to happy lives. Much of Transcendentalism has to do with finding peace in nature and this quote emphasizes this.
3: "Cool of a temperate breeze from dark skies to wet grass we fell in a field it seems now thousand summers passed When kite lines first crossed we tied them into knots and to fly apart we had to cut them off (The Shins)." | This song by The Shins is a somber song about love. To paint his verbal portrayal of this love he uses a lot of nature and natures beauty to illustrate it. He also describes how there love is not to be by creating a metaphor with the kites and his love and how to continue on there paths they must separate. All of this he demonstrates through nature similes and metaphors a very Transcendentalist thing to do.
4: "A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best (Emerson 186)."
5: This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson was taken from an excerpt of Self-Reliance. It explains the importance of doing what you love. You work hard and do your best then you can relax and be proud of your accomplishments. This quote emphasizes the worth and freedom of the individual, which is a characteristics of Transcendentalism.
6: "However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do want society (David Throeau)." | This quote truly show David Throeau's view of life. Influenced by his stay in his cabin and by Emerson's works, he states that one must not want for unnecessary things. That a person should keep their thoughts original and their things few. To treat life, even in poverty, as something of value such as sage a spice rich in taste but homely in appearance.
7: "In the quivering forest where the shivering dogs rest our good grandfather built a wooden nest and the river got frozen, and the home got snowed in. and the yellow moon glowed bright till the morning light (Fleet Foxes.)." | In these lyrics by the Fleet Foxes the singers tell the story of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the family that grew up on and with the mountains. This song puts strain on the importance of living in harmony with nature and man. This song also sings of the simpleness of happiness and how nature's beauty can bring it to us..
8: "Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each (Thoreau)."
9: This quote by David Thoreau explains that you should take life one day at a time. Just take it easy and experience every possible experience you can. It notes how every action will have a reaction. The things you do now will influence you later on in life. Embrace it all.
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