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[1] An essay by <IR> RALPH WALDO EMERSON </IR> on which he began working in 1833. Published anonymously in 1836, it was Emerson's first major work. Emerson sees nature as "Commodity" in its practical functions, as "Beauty" in the delight it arouses, as "Language" in its symbolical significance, and as "Discipline" in the education it gives the Understanding and the Reason. When man is in communion with nature he says to himself, "I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God."

[2] A poem by Emerson that he used to preface his book Nature, Addresses and Lectures (1849); it was written in 1836.

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Publication:Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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