Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a superb nature essay. A philosophical interpretation of nature & how it influences us physically, emotionally & spiritually. Emerson set the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Transcendentalism suggests that the divine suffuses nature, that our reality can only be understood by studying nature. Within the essay, Emerson divides nature into 4 usages: Commodity, Beauty, Language & Discipline. These distinctions define the ways by which humans use nature for their basic needs, their desire for delight, their communication with one another & their understanding of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher & poet who led the transcendentalist movement in the 19th century. A champion of individualism.


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