Like the Romantic poets from which they drew their inspiration, the Transcendentalists believed the divine (God) could be experienced in and through nature. Nature, they asserted, holds an exalted place as a teacher that one can learn from without the need of books or potentially-corrupting traditions of thought. Love of nature permeates this poem, as does the idea that God can be found in it, such as when the speaker states:
I inhaled the violet's breath;
Around me stood the oaks and firs;
Pine-cones and acorns lay on the ground;
Over me soared the eternal sky,
Full of light and...
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