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Western Thought II: Nature (Copy)

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1: The Swan is one of the most | The Swan | beauty, loyalty, grace, elegance

2: Man's View of Nature | Ancient Times:

3: A fox saw a crow fly off with a piece of cheese and settle on a tree so he walked up to the tree and said "Good day, Crow, how well you are looking today: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I am sure your voice must surpass that of the others, just as your figure does; sing me a song so that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds." The Crow lifted up her head and cawed her best, but when she opened her mouth the cheese fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Fox. "That will do," said he. "That was all I wanted. In exchange for your cheese I will give you a piece of advice for the future: "Do not trust flatterers."- Aesop | The Fox and the Crow

4: Plutarch's Concerning Nature But Nature, which in all these things hath the priority, is not only the principle of motion but of repose" | Sacred Grove of Poseidon

5: Virgil's Georgics But let clear springs and moss-green pools be near, And through the grass a streamlet hurrying run, Some palm-tree o'er the porch extend its shade

6: Pliny's Natural History | "The same Alexander had a very unusual horse which they called Bucepalus; either from his stern Look, or from the Mark of a Bull's Head imprinted on his shoulder."

8: Celtics: Pagan Views of the World


11: Water spirit | Air spirit | Earth Spirit | Fire Spirit

12: S A C R E D | T R E E S | Oak | Willow


14: M E N O F T H E | Herne The Hunter

15: F o r e s t | Robin Hood

16: The Forest in Literature | Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. | My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. | Stopping By Woods

17: He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake. The only other sound's the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. | The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. | Robert Frost | On A Snowy Evening

18: St. Francis of Assisi Sermon to the Birds

19: My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God.

20: "He was got up in green from head to heel: a tunic worn tight, tucked to his ribs" | THE GREEN KNIGHT

21: Allegory in Renaissance Paintings | Boticelli's Primavera

22: Ritual of the Hunt

23: "After it has lived 500 years, this majestic creature goes to the cedar forests of Lebanon and bathes in the fragrance from the trees"- Physiologus

24: Solomon's Seal | Fairy Spray | Lady Slipper | Toothwhort | Doctrine of Signatures

25: Mary Garden

26: Summer Landscape Sarai Albums | From Nature to Culture | Renaissance Europe:

27: Petrarch's Ascent of Mount Ventoux "Today I made the ascent of the highest mountain in this region, which is not improperly called Ventosum. My only motive was the wish to see what so great an elevation had to offer"

28: W o m e n | "Constant rotation of th'unwearied wheel That nature rides upon maintains her health, Her beauty, her fertility" -Cowper, The Task, Book 1: The Sofa

29: W o m e n | N a t u r e

30: The Scientific Revolution: The Disenchantment of the Natural World

31: "They have no leisure to learn language and this proves that the brutes have less reason than man, but that they have none at all"-Descartes's Discorse on Method

32: Maria Sibylla Merian—naturalist and illustrator of nature

33: Cabinet of Curiosities

35: Managing Nature: The Smoky Mountains

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