This month, we’re heading to the great outdoors with Emerson. Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a lot to literature with his work. But the one piece that stands out is his essay Nature. You can probably guess what it’s about by the title…but it covers a much broader spectrum than you could imagine. From the “axioms of physics” and the “laws of ethics” to the “corruption of language” and “the creation of beauty”, the essay explores the nature we see before us and the nature that exists within us, offering a beautiful composition on how the two interact.
Nature shows us how beauty, language, the spirit and nature itself can be better understood by simply going for a walk. To take in one’s natural surroundings was, as Emerson thought, to understand one’s place in the world – the ways in which the earth serves us, and us it. As Emerson put it, “A man is fed, not that he may be fed, but that he may work.” It’s an extremely insightful essay to read, and you may find yourself highlighting, underlining and jotting down notes in the margins whilst reading it. Make sure you grab your copy here.
“In the woods is perpetual youth.”
“Nothing divine dies. All good is eternally reproductive.”
“The many in the one. Nothing is quite beautiful alone; nothing but is beautiful in the whole.”