What is an example of personification in Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Nature"?
Personification is the attribution of human qualities to something which is not human. In chapter 1, Emerson states that
Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection.
First, Emerson gives Nature the ability to "wear" a certain kind of appearance. He also gives Nature the ability to keep a secret and to be a "her"; Emerson says that Nature keeps her own secrets, even when investigated by the wisest of men.
Also in chapter 1, Emerson claims that
The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me, and I to them.
Here, he personifies the vegetables, giving them the ability to have a kind of relationship with human beings, and even to nod at or acknowledge a person. He insists that there is some hidden relationship between...
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