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" The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. The laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass. "The visible world and the relation of its parts, is the... "
Nature: Addresses, and Lectures - Page 34
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883 - 315 pages
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Tattoo, Torture, Mutilation, and Adornment: The Denaturalization of the Body ...

Frances E. Mascia-Lees - 1992 - 172 pages
...in his assertion that "every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact" (15); that "the world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because...the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind" (20). In his conception of nature as enthusiastic and appreciative backdrop for man's exploits, Emerson...
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Noguchi East and West

Dore Ashton - 1993 - 331 pages
...significance but what we consciously give them when we employ them as emblems of our thought? The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because...those of matter as face to face in a glass. . . . The axioms of physics translate the law of ethics. Every universal truth, which we express in words, implies...
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History, Religion, and American Democracy

Maurice Wohlgelernter - 1993 - 351 pages
...they do more than define. They make and remake the very fabric of our world as experienced. "The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind."22 This text mirrors the binary strands found in subsequent American philosophy; the idealist-pragmatic...
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Emerson's Literary Criticism

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1995 - 252 pages
...correspondence (chapter 4 on "Language" in Nature) Emerson proclaimed that "the world is emblematic. . . . The whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. . . . The axioms of physics translate the laws of ethics."" Emerson's library contained fifteen titles by Swedenborg,...
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Sounding the Whale: Moby-Dick as Epic Novel

Christopher Sten - 1996 - 91 pages
...human mind." At the time he wrote Moby-Dick, he too believed, as Emerson proclaimed in Nature, that "the laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass." 35 The process of "cutting in," or stripping away the whale's flesh, for example, is to be understood...
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The Weaver-God, He Weaves: Melville and the Poetics of the Novel

Christopher Sten - 1996 - 388 pages
...mind." At the time he wrote Moby-Dick, he too believed, as Emerson WEAVES proclaimed in Nature, that "the laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass." 35 The process of "cutting in," or stripping away the whale's flesh, for example, is to be understood...
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Human Life and the Natural World: Readings in the History of Western Philosophy

Owen Goldin, Patricia Kilroe - 1997 - 268 pages
...significance but what we consciously give them, when we employ them as emblems of our thoughts? The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because...visible world and the relation of its parts, is the dial plate of the invisible."' The axioms of physics translate the laws of ethics. Thus, "the whole...
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Shifting the Ground: American Women Writers' Revisions of Nature, Gender ...

Rachel Stein - 1997 - 183 pages
...writing. Emerson explains the system of mirroring through which nature symbolizes human truths: "The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because...the human mind. The laws of moral nature answer to matter as face to face in a glass." In this system, nature is the transparent medium transmitting fixed...
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Emerson and the Climates of History

Eduardo Cadava - 1997 - 256 pages
...history and human history. As he claims in his November 4, 1833, lecture "The Uses of Natural History," "the laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass."55 "Such is the saturation of things with the moral law that you cannot escape it," he says...
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Ezra Pound and the Appropriation of Chinese Poetry: Cathay, Translation, and ...

Ming Hsieh, Ming Xie, Xie Ming - 1999 - 279 pages
...because nature is a symbol, in the whole, and in every part."52 Or again in "Language": "The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind."5' As a recent critic puts it, "Coleridge's recognition of the appropriateness of synecdoche,...
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