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" To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. "
Nature: Addresses, and Lectures - Page 15
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883 - 315 pages
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Nineteenth-Century Theories of Art

Joshua C. Taylor - 1987 - 563 pages
...is excerpted from Essays (Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1847), pp. 322-33. To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as...those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in...
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Scenes of Nature, Signs of Men: Essays on 19th and 20th Century American ...

Tony Tanner - 1989 - 288 pages
...first major essay should define the conditions for the procurement of solitude: 'To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society.' As Emily Dickinson puts it, 'the soul selects her own society/Then shuts the door.' No single sentence...
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The Norton Book of Nature Writing

Robert Finch, John Elder - 1990 - 921 pages
...as that of the world on the human mind, they do not vary the result. I. NATURE To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. 1 am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let...
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Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist Theory

Mary Loeffelholz - 1991 - 179 pages
...for idealization. She also denies what Emerson claims to be the necessary isolation of the poet's eye ("if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars"). For Emerson, a landscape may contain other human beings as farmers but scarcely other seers; in any...
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Contexts for Hawthorne: The Marble Faun and the Politics of Openness and ...

Milton R. Stern, Stern - 1991 - 201 pages
...light as a metaphor for the transcendent state of consciousness to be achieved in the new democracy. 1f a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. . . . The stars awaken . . . reverence. . . . There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose...
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American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions

Arthur Versluis - 1993 - 368 pages
...revealed his preoccupation with solitude. The first chapter of "Nature" begins: "To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. ... In the woods, is perpetual youth."153 The hallmark preoccupations of Emersonian Transcendentalism...
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Das Natur/Kultur-Paradigma in der englischsprachigen Erzählliteratur des 19 ...

Konrad Gross, Meinhard Winkgens - 1994 - 405 pages
...entpuppt. 14 Nicht von ungefähr gilt der erste Gedanke, den Emerson in Nature ausführt, den Sternen: "But if a man would be alone, let him look at the...worlds will separate between him and what he touches. [...] Seen in the streets of cities, how great they are!" (Emerson 1903: 13). Vgl. dazu besonders Paul...
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Star-Hopping: Your Visa to Viewing the Universe

Robert A. Garfinkle - 1997 - 360 pages
...see what else you can star-hop to. 110 April Ursa Major: A Dipper round tripper To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society.... But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds,...
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Modern Theories of the Universe: From Herschel to Hubble

Michael J. Crowe - 1994 - 435 pages
...[Given modern astronomy,] Who can be a Calvinist or who an Atheist[?]—2 From Emerson's "Nature" (1836) But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. . . . One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly...
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Acts of Hope: Creating Authority in Literature, Law, and Politics

James Boyd White - 1994 - 322 pages
...played off this style, using it, for example, in the famous opening of "Nature": "To go into solitude a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society." Here he assumes, as natural, a way of talking that generalizes confidently about what "a man" needs...
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