Ralph Waldo Emerson

Start Your Free Trial

In Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature, where does he say one can return to "reason and faith"?

Expert Answers info

booboosmoosh eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2003

write4,119 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

In Ralph Waldo Emerson's Nature, the poet praises the natural world. Nature is Emerson's first book, and his love and respect for nature and the guidance he believes mankind can find in the outdoors are common themes in many of his works.

Emerson stresses "the harmony between humans and nature." In drawing forth this theme, Emerson speaks about "reason and faith" in describing what one might find in the midst of the glories of plants, earth and sky.

Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life...

Plantations are large agricultural endeavors, either farms or estates, where the principle...

(The entire section contains 421 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial