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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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The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joel Porte, Saundra Morris - 1999 - 280 pages
...upstream reservoir and source of all the rivers of language. "The world is emblematic," Emerson says. "Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind." Every mind can claim all of nature for its material.10 Emerson is an idealist, a believer that process,...
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Conservation Reconsidered: Nature, Virtue, and American Liberal Democracy

Charles T. Rubin - 2000 - 254 pages
...that we use to express particular moral facts that derive from nature. Morally speaking, the "world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because...answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass" (24). "This relation between mind and matter is not fancied by some poet, but stands in the will of...
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The Aesthetics of Enchantment in the Fine Arts, Volume 65

M. Kronegger, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka - 2000 - 324 pages
...resurrect language, or save language from corruption. The world, for Emerson, is an analogy: "The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because...the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind" (10). In helping us to return to pictorial and emblematic language, poets help us to "read" the mystery...
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Words on Words: Quotations about Language and Languages

David Crystal, Hilary Crystal - 2000 - 580 pages
...century, quoted as an epigraph in Max Black (ed.), The Importance of Language (1962) 50:9 The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because...the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1836, 'Language', in Nature, Ch. 4 SO: 10 I love metaphor the way some people...
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Gertrude Stein, Writer and Thinker

Claudia Franken - 2000 - 393 pages
...(87, my emphasis). This is to caricature, by taking literally, Emerson's emblematic world, in which "[p]arts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor for the human mind" ("Nature," Nature, Addresses, and Lectures 1905: 38). In Stein's texts, the two...
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Kierkegaard's Metaphors

Jamie Lorentzen - 2001 - 201 pages
...transcendentalists, who writes that "man is an analogist, and studies relations in all objects" — thus "the world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind."60 Nevertheless, Kierkegaard sets himself apart from Emerson by asserting that God is not to...
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Postmodernity and Cross-culturalism

Yoshinobu Hakutani - 2002 - 214 pages
...that is not dominated by the imaginary quest for ideal objects. imaginary linguistic and visual forms: "Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole...answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass" (53). In opposition to the transparent eyeball that lets nature come to the eye on nature's own terms,...
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Heidegger, Education, and Modernity

Michael A. Peters - 2002 - 257 pages
...is musical in the breeze" (Emerson 1982, 266). And in the essay "Nature," Emerson writes: 'The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because...nature is a metaphor of the human mind. . . . The axioms of physics translate the laws of ethics" (Emerson 1982, 53). There is a founding of being in...
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The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge

Lucy Newlyn, Professor of English Lucy Newlyn - 2002 - 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...the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind' (Nature, 24). Emerson does not merely assert that nature provides handy images for pre-existent mental...
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Theology in America: The Major Protestant Voices from Puritanism to Neo ...

Sydney E. Ahlstrom - 2003 - 630 pages
...homely game 1 In Nature Emerson had said, "Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact .... Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of...answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass." Nature; Addresses, and Lecures, pp. 24, 3o. See also Bushnell on language, pp. 319-37o. [Ed.] of life...
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