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  1. You can't be in solitude just by being away from other people you need to be in nature to truly be alone, “I'm man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society”. Emerson says every night you can rediscover a new experience by looking at the stars it will never be the same thing twice and every time it's exciting and new.

  2. The brilliance of the stars is accessible to everybody whether you're smart or stupid young or old everybody can see the night sky no matter who you are or where you live. The night sky, even though you can see it, you can't get to it. It is inaccessible and elusive. There is something new to discover every day and every night just by looking around “but every night, out the envoys of beauty”

  3. Back on the ground Emerson says that the sky is linked to everything in the universe like the landscape that you see every day around you. He talks about the farms that he sees around him. Although they are all owned by different people they are part of an overall landscape of beauty.

  4. Emerson says that the only people that can see everything are poets and children. “To speak truly , few adult persons can see nature .” Of course Emerson is a poet so one can imagine he believes he sees nature and different way.

  5. To see nature Emerson believes you need to look for the child that lives inside of you because a child except nature as it is rather than making it into something that you would want it to be as an adult. nature can change with your moods if you're happy nature can show you what is happy if your sad nature can show you what sad. “Nature is a setting that fits equally well a comic or mourning piece.”


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  7. Nature can change with your moods if you're happy nature can show you what is happy if your sad nature can show you what sad. “Nature is a setting that fits equally well a comic or mourning piece.”

  8. He said he could only try to figure out who you really are as a person by realizing you are just a particle of dust in the vast landscape of the world. “I am part or particle of God.”

  9. To live in harmony inside of yourself you need to live in harmony with nature. “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit” you may be able to lie to yourself about what's going on in your world but you can't lie about nature because it sees everything.

    After reading this excerpt, what questions come up? I question how Emerson thinks nature is so great all the time when natural disasters kill more people than wars. If nature is so wonderful how do earthquakes, fires, lightning, meteors, hurricanes, typhoons, and floods fit into his worldview? Would he be as enthralled with nature if he had ever lost someone to a hurricane or a flood? I think he is naïve and childlike in his view of nature only looking at its beauty and forgetting how powerful an overwhelmingly strong it is.

    What larger ideas was he trying to get across? The very nature of transcendentalism. He feels that the universe flows through everything and touches everything all at once every object in nature every human being has a life force and everything in nature is linked.