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" Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear. "
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by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883
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The Aesthetics of Enchantment in the Fine Arts, Volume 65

M. Kronegger, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka - 2000 - 324 pages
...years, but is available to the poet in the most rude and ordinary things: "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration" (2). Every hour of the day and night and every season, from the bleakest days of February to the endless...
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American Picturesque

John Conron - 2010
...much-bruited sketch of an experience of transparency on Concord Common. "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed myself to perfect exhilaration." The exhilaration seems to arise from a trompe I'oeil effect: the congruence...
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Environmental Connections: A Guide to Environmental Studies

Kathleen Bajorek DeBettencourt - 2000 - 199 pages
...poet. In Emerson's first book, Nature, he speaks of finding beauty and wisdom in the natural world: In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period so ever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth... In the woods, we return to...
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Beyond Translation: Essays Toward a Modern Philology

Alton L. Becker - 2000 - 438 pages
...Crossing a bare common in snow puddles at twilight under a clouded sky, without having in my thought any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. The first thing to do when studying a sentence like that is to memorize it, just as a pianist studying...
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Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life's Ideals

William James - 2001 - 146 pages
...grasped, to have its life-currents absorbed by what is given. "Crossing a bare common," says Emerson, "in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, 1 have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear." Life is always worth living,...
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William James's "Springs of Delight": The Return to Life

Phil Oliver, Oliver Phil - 2001 - 256 pages
...moment of transcendence in this well-known passage from his essay "Nature": "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, 1 have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration."15 Citing this and other like episodes, James asks, "in what...
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Emerson and Self-reliance

George Kateb - 2002 - 221 pages
...heaven for authentication. Emerson says in his most famous ecstatic passage: Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear . . . Standing on the bare ground — my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space...
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American Heretic: Theodore Parker and Transcendentalism

Dean Grodzins - 2002 - 631 pages
...little book Nature, describes his own religious experience as ecstatic: "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. Almost I fear to think how glad I am." By contrast, Parker, in the Discourse, describes the "sense...
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American Foundational Myths

Martin Heusser, Gudrun Grabher - 2002 - 224 pages
...sublime has on the soul. Here is his famous "transparent eyeball" passage: Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate...
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Wallace Stevens and the Limits of Reading and Writing

Bart Eeckhout - 2002 - 303 pages
...Bates, Mythology of Self, 132; and Bevis, Mind of Winter, 43ff. 65. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, 9-10. my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. 1 am glad to the brink of fear. In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough,...
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