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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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Pragmatism, Volume 3

Russell B. Goodman - 2005 - 304 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...perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear." Life is always worth living, if one have such responsive sensibilities. But we of the highly educated...
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The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson

Naoko Saito - 2005 - 210 pages
...as an adult said, quite in the spirit of the passage quoted from Hudson: "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. I am glad to...
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American Poetry: Whitman to the Present

Robert Rehder, Patrick Vincent - 2006 - 238 pages
...experiences, but experiences dealing mostly with nature or natural phenomenon. "Crossing a barren common, in snow puddles at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration" (Emerson, Nature 6). Nature is something one may "do," a piece of divinity transferable to the poet,...
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The Protestant Experience in America

Amanda Porterfield - 2006 - 243 pages
...in 1836, he described his own experience of rediscovering God in nature. "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune," he wrote, "I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration." Feeling "glad to the brink of fear," and "uplifted...
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Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero

Len Gougeon - 2012 - 278 pages
...adjusted to each other; who has retained the . . . spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the...always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. 65 "The woods," or nature in general, became for Emerson synonymous with his own feminine self, which,...
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Through Lover's Lane: L.M. Montgomery's Photography and Visual Imagination

Elizabeth R. Epperly - 2007 - 217 pages
...adjusted to each other' (5-6), this lover will find a perpetual benediction. In the woods, Emerson says, 'a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough,...is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth' (5-6). Emerson talks of the 'plastic power of the human eye' and concludes that 'The eye is the best...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Walt Whitman

M. Jimmie Killingsworth - 2007
...in the famous "transparent eyeball" passage from Nature. Walking across a bare common, he says, "in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration ... I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; I am part or parcel of God." In the process...
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Edinburgh Days: Or, Doing what I Want to Do

Samuel F. Pickering - 2007 - 193 pages
...the spirit, and suddenly one hears whistling and realizes life is a gift. "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration," Ralph Waldo Emerson reported in "Nature." I travel widely in books, practically every day roaming the...
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Neopragmatism and Theological Reason

G. W. Kimura - 2007 - 167 pages
...described in poetical imagery rather than the traditional philosophical idiom: 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. 1 am glad to the brink of fear. ...In the woods, we return to...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Nathaniel Hawthorne

Leland S. Person - 2007
...most famous example occurs in Nature, when Emerson describes a spiritual and imaginative epiphany: In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth . . . There I feel that...
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