What is the tone of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Nature?"

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Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Nature" has a lyrical tone, as much of the writing has the quality of music or poetry. For example, Emerson writes the following:

The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and what he touches. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime.

Emerson's writing elevates nature from the mundane to the sublime, as the belief that nature could bring people to an appreciation of the sublime was one of the central tenets of Romanticism and off its offshoot, Transcendentalism. Emerson's use of alliteration, or starting words that are close together with the same sound, such as "perpetual presence," adds to the lyrical quality of his essay.

In addition, Emerson's writing is philosophical in tone. For example, he writes the following:

Whoever considers the final cause of the world, will discern a multitude of uses that result. They all admit of being thrown...

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