How does the human speaker feel about nature's view of the universe in "Thanatopsis"?Reveal the romantic conviction that the universe, far from operating like a machine, is really a...

How does the human speaker feel about nature's view of the universe in "Thanatopsis"?

Reveal the romantic conviction that the universe, far from operating like a machine, is really a living organism that undergoes constant cyclical changes?

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The speaker introduces and concludes this poem with a personified voice of nature tells of the cycle of life.  When the author introduces nature he says that when a person is bogged down with thoughts of death they should go outside and commune with nature.  At the end he states:

"So live, that when thy summons comes to join The innumerable caravan which moves To that mysterious realm, where each shall take  75His chamber in the silent halls of death, Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night, Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch  80

About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.

This, meaning that we should not fear death of the physical because trust in the cycle of nature and how everything has a beginning and an end.

 

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