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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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The American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the ...

Neil Baldwin - 2005 - 253 pages
...enriching" stimulus toward a new American culture and, eventually, a new American language and literature. "The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes," Emerson wrote in the opening passages of Nature, seeking to express the birthright for his generation....
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To Be of Use: The Seven Seeds of Meaningful Work

Dave Smith - 2011 - 272 pages
...I could count on, truth that spoke to my heart, that registered in my brain, that made some sense? "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" Emerson asked. "Why should not we have... a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?"...
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Emerson, Romanticism, and Intuitive Reason: The Transatlantic "light of All ...

Patrick J. Keane - 2005 - 555 pages
...saying that our forefathers beheld God and nature "face to face; we, through their eyes," Emerson asks, "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" This "also" — as in the next assertion, that the "sun shines to-day also," which presupposes an earlier...
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Exploring

Richard S. Gilbert - 2005 - 82 pages
...role of the natural world order in religion. In his essay on "Nature," Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? .... Embosomed for a season in nature, whose floods of life stream around and through us and invite...
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Dependent States: The Child's Part in Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Karen Sánchez-Eppler - 2005 - 260 pages
...the sepulchers of the fathers," he asserts in the first lines of Nature, and famously goes on to ask "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" 32. Emerson, Journals, undated entry of September 1842. (7). Emerson's scorn for retrospect, sepulchers,...
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Secular Revelations: The Constitution of the United States and Classic ...

Mitchell Meltzer - 2005 - 192 pages
...to a distinct imaginative, and more specifically literary, culture for the United States by asking: "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" As opposed to Lincoln's political path, for Emerson neither the fixed Constitution nor any other institution...
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Remembering and Imagining the Holocaust: The Chain of Memory

Christopher Bigsby - 2006
...dome, their faces preserved, their lives memorialised. Ralph Waldo Emerson, in 'Nature', regretted that 'Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?'21 He spoke, it turned out, not just for a confrontation with the natural world but for a...
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Patriotism and Other Mistakes

George Kateb - 2006 - 422 pages
...even as it also helped to inspire modern democracy. Emerson asks in his first book, Nature (1836), "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" (7). American democratic wildness often stems from that very impulse, anarchic, desocialized, religious,...
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A Journey Into the Transcendentalists' New England

R. Todd Felton - 2006 - 180 pages
...central tenet of Transcendentalism: "The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face. . . . Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" Indeed, much of Transcendentalism can be summed up as the individual's quest for an "original relation...
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From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority

Roger Lundin - 2007 - 278 pages
...willfulness, Emerson began Nature with a blunt challenge to the past, which meant for him the dead: "Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" The need was great for a direct, unmediated experience of the divine: "Why should not we have a poetry...
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