In Rhodora, what is the intention of the poet?

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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It's hard to say competely what Emerson's intention was when writing "The Rhodora" but it is most likely that he was sharing his transcendental view of nature. Emerson believed that through nature, one could prove the mystical exisistance of God's love. In "The Rhodora," Emerson concentrates on the Rhodora bush, a relatively common New England plant, and through that plant, all of nature. Emerson clearly states this in his last two lines of the poem, “But, in my simple ignorance, suppose / The self-same Power that brought me there brought you.”