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What does "Nature always wears the color of the spirit" mean?
In Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature, what does he mean by the line, “The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child?”
What does "I am glad to the brink of fear" mean?
What does Emerson say would happen if the stars appeared only one night in a thousand years?
What is the central theme in Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson? Is this theme stated or implied? Explain.
What does Emerson mean when he says he becomes a "transparent eyeball"?
Why does Emerson say "A man is a god in ruins" in Nature?
What is an analysis of chapter 1 of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson?
How can I identify the elements of transcendentalism in Emerson's "Nature"?
What does the following quote from Emerson mean? "I become a transparent eye-ball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God."
What mood does Emerson convey when he writes that "the same scene which yesterday breathed perfume and glittered as for the frolic of the nymphs, is overspread with melancholy today"?
What does Emerson mean when he writes, "Our age is retrospective"? How would you describe living in a "retrospective" age?
What rhetorical strategies does Ralph Waldo Emerson employ in chapter 1, "Nature," of his work entitled Nature? Please be specific.
Why does Emerson describe the effect of the stars?
One of Emerson's final statements in Nature is “Build, therefore, your own world.” What is he saying here?
Paraphrase the following Emerson quote: "To a Man laboring under calamity, the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it. Then, there is a kind of contempt of the landscape felt by him who has just lost by death a dear friend."
What does the following quote mean? "One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with the design, to give man in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime."
What elements of Transcendentalism can be seen in the short poem that was included at the beginning of Emerson's Nature?
In the introductory portion of Emerson's Nature, what does he mean by "Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers."? If possible can an analysis of the introductory portion be given to have a better understanding of his intentions to readers?
How does Emerson feel about the ownership of nature?
What is an example of personification in Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Nature"?
In Nature, what does Emerson mean when he talks about a "poetical sense" of looking at nature?
What event causes the author "perfect exhilaration"?
Compare and contrast Emerson's "Nature" essay with his "Self-Reliance" essay. How do they both represent Emerson's style and message, yet differ? Please cite specific lines/passages when possible.
What three aspects of the beauty of nature does Emerson delineate?
How does Emerson describe a lover of nature?
What does Emerson mean when he says nature loves analogies but not repetitions?
In Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature, where does he say one can return to "reason and faith"?
Why is virtue at the essence of spiritual beauty in Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Beauty"?
From "Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson: According to Emerson, how are we connected to nature, and why is that significant? Why does an adult not see nature as they did as a child?
How can I do a rhetorical analysis of Emerson's essay "Nature?"
In what part of Nature does Emerson describe the most profound change taking place as discussed in the opening part of his essay "Nature"?
Emerson lists the four aspects of Nature: Language, Commodity, Beauty, Discipline. Please explain what Emerson says about language in his essay, Nature?
What does Emerson mean when he says "but none of them own the landscape"?
How does Emerson personify nature?
What does the following quote from Nature mean? "The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental: to be brothers, to be acquaintances,—master or servant, is then a trifle and a disturbance."
What is the “greatest delight which the fields and woods minister”?
What is Emerson's style as well as his literary techniques in his essay "Nature"?
What is the tone of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Nature?"
In "Nature," Emerson discussed the delight the natural world often inspires. What does Emerson think this power to delight comes from?
Why did Emerson write Nature?
In Nature, highlight some of the ways Emerson says we are connected to nature. What is significant about that? Are any of these concepts useful today? Why or why not?
For what age group is Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson appropriate? College? High school? Middle school?
Paraphrase the following quote from Emerson's Nature: "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!"
Describe the moment of mystic epiphany in Emerson’s Nature. How significant is it in the text?
What can the poet's eye do when the poet looks at nature?
What is the importance of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Nature?" What message was Emerson trying to convey to his readers?
In "Nature," in what ways does Ralph Waldo Emerson show idealism in the work?
Using Nature, what is different about an adult that makes him or her not see nature as they did as a child?
What does Nature reveal about the transcendentalist attitude toward nature?