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" OUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation... "
Essays, orations and lectures - Page 1
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 385 pages
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Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams

Joseph J. Ellis - 2001 - 277 pages
..."Our age is retrospective," he observed in Nature. "It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. . . . The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face...also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" But while Emerson's formulation called for rebellion instead of reverence, it sustained the convention...
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In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to George W. Bush

William Edward Leuchtenburg - 2001 - 413 pages
...the opening lines of Nature. "It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. . . . The foregoing generation beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their...original relation to the universe? . . . Why should we grope among the dry bones of the past?"8 In one respect a long line of earlier presidents had a...
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Transpacific Displacement: Ethnography, Translation, and Intertextual Travel ...

Yunte Huang - 2002 - 209 pages
...the "direct treatment of the 'thing.' " 30. In the introduction to Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes" (Essays 7). 31. See Marjorie Perloff, The Dance of the Intellect: Studies in the Poetry of the Pound...
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Framing Hitchcock: Selected Essays from the Hitchcock Annual

Christopher Brookhouse, Richard Allen, Sabrina Barton, John A. Bertolini, Lesley Brill, Joseph Garncarz, Joan Hawkins, Christopher Morris, Thomas Hemmeter, Thomas Leitch, Frank M. Meola, James Naremore, Leland Poague, Charles L. P. Silet, David Sterritt, Sarah Street, James M. Vest - 2002 - 418 pages
...the vision-obsession of the work, and suggest a vision trapped in the past (a major Hitchcock motif): "Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes."4 The allusion here, of course, is to St. Paul, but the specific emphasis is on the contrast...
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The Soul's Economy: Market Society and Selfhood in American Thought, 1820-1920

Jeffrey P. Sklansky - 2002 - 313 pages
...(1836), Emerson's spectacular philosophical debut, define the central problem he set for his readers: "The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face...should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?"30 The universe, according to Emerson, comprised "Nature and the Soul." By "nature," then,...
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Reconstituting the American Renaissance: Emerson, Whitman, and the Politics ...

Jay Grossman - 2003 - 273 pages
...situation that comes into focus when we inquire on whose behalf Emerson calls for this "original relation"? Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? 2 5 This passage permits certain modes of mediation while refusing others. The "original," unmediated...
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Shifting Ground: Reinventing Landscape in Modern American Poetry

Bonnie Costello - 2003 - 225 pages
...country is continually "awakening" from the slumber of derivativeness. Emerson complains in 1836 that "the foregoing generations beheld God and nature face...also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" (Nature, I).1 Moore was herself a persistent critic of her culture's tendency, as she writes in "Poetry,"...
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American Religious Traditions: The Shaping of Religion in the United States ...

Richard E. Wentz - 442 pages
...expressed the typical American inability to comprehend the significance of tradition when he said, "The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face...should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?"3 Of course, we do enjoy an original relation to the universe, but it is never absolute....
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The Scarlet Letter - Second Edition: A Romance

Nathaniel Hawthorne - 2004 - 424 pages
..."critical" and "historical," and turned to the aesthetic impulse in humans to determine what is truth.] Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we have an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight...
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Letters to a Spiritual Seeker

Henry David Thoreau, Harrison Gray Blake - 2004 - 266 pages
...the eyes of those earlier generations, as though God and Nature were no longer directly accessible. "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" he asked. "Why should not we have ... a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?"...
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