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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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Imagination and the Meaningful Brain

Arnold H. Modell - 2003 - 253 pages
...of the twentieth century.) Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was not acquainted with Vico, said, "The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because...the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind" (1847, p. 18). Vico further stated, "It is noteworthy that in all languages the greater part of the...
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The Leader who is Hardly Known: Self-less Teaching from the Chinese Tradition

Steven Simpson - 2003 - 196 pages
...particular meanings. But how great a language to convey such peppercorn informations!. ...The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.5 If there is a word that should catch the attention of an experiential educator, it is "metaphor."...
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Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth

Laura Dassow Walls, John H Bennett Jr Chair of Southern Letters Laura Dassow Walls, Laura Dassow - 2003 - 280 pages
..."find" and "discern" the principles of order. Emerson alludes to Bacon in Nature when he declares: "Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the •47 human mind. The laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass. 'The...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: His Life, Writings, and Philosophy

George Willis Cooke - 2003 - 404 pages
...and mind, he says, is not a fancied one, but stands in the will of God ; 8 so that " the laws of the moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass."4 "Intellect and morals appear only the material forces on a higher plane. The laws of material...
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Faith in Nature: Environmentalism as Religious Quest

Thomas R Dunlap, Professor of History Thomas Dunlap - 2004 - 206 pages
...between visible things and human thoughts.... Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.... The whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind....answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass." 8 By their works, but more by the examples of their lives, Thoreau and Muir established a tradition...
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Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing Before Walden

Michael P. Branch - 2004 - 408 pages
...knowledge of Nature will throw light. . . . And this, because the whole of Nature is a metaphor or image of the human Mind. The laws of moral nature answer...matter as face to face in a glass. "The visible world," it has been well said, "and the relations of its parts is the dial plate of the invisible one." In...
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Emerson, Romanticism, and Intuitive Reason: The Transatlantic "light of All ...

Patrick J. Keane - 2005 - 555 pages
...reached their best-known expression in the "Language" chapter of Nature. Emerson still insisted that parts of speech "are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind" (E&L 24). The "powers" given by God allow "human minds" to perceive nature as "one mighty alphabet"...
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Laws of Nature: Excerpts from the Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Walt McLaughlin - 2006 - 81 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...answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass. A Fact is the end or last issue of spirit. The visible creation is the terminus or the circumference...
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Through Lover's Lane: L.M. Montgomery's Photography and Visual Imagination

Elizabeth R. Epperly - 2007 - 217 pages
...stable' (30). This attentive eye, this conscious viewer, this stable creative force sees that 'The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because...the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind' (19). In beholding a 'rich landscape' Emerson says he loses all sense of its distinctive elements -...
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Emerson's Nonlinear Nature

Christopher J. Windolph - 2007 - 200 pages
...unmediated. Inward and outward senses, mind and eye, are adjusted to one another. It is in this way that "the laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass" (CollW, 1:21; emphasis added)—when the object of the eye and the object of the mind are one and the...
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