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" THE eye is the first circle ; the horizon which it forms is the second ; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world. "
Emerson's complete works [ed. by J.E. Cabot]. Riverside ed - Page 281
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1884
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The Poetics of Transition: Emerson, Pragmatism, & American Literary Modernism

Jonathan Levin - 1999 - 222 pages
...around the geometry of the circle. The essay opens with the image of a series of ever-expanding circles: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...nature this primary figure is repeated without end" (EL 4o3). Thus Emerson sets up a dialectic interplay (his own frequent image is an "oscillation") between...
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The Philosopher's Gaze: Modernity in the Shadows of Enlightenment

David Michael Levin - 1999 - 502 pages
...character that they would bear under the stress of a Cartesian madness. "The eye," as Emerson knows it, "is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is...throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end."65 He also says, in another essay, that "there is a property in the horizon which no man has but...
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John Wayne: Actor, Artist, Hero

Richard D. McGhee - 1999 - 399 pages
...broken because "everything is medial," and become himself the means to enlargement. Emerson wrote that "the eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second." Close-up shots establish the first circle with monotonous frequency, and so do long shots, especially...
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Hawthorne's Romances: Social Drama and the Metaphor of Geometry

Robert S. Friedman - 2000 - 192 pages
...communion, and for each actor, the path to reaggregation is defined. 4 THE SPHERE OF THOUGHT AND FEELING The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...nature this primary figure is repeated without end. ...Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; ... there...
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Ernest Buckler: Rediscovery and Reassessment

Marta Dvořák, Dvo& - 2001 - 279 pages
..."Circles," which focuses specifically on their correspondences and their ontological significance: The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...Augustine described the nature of God as a circle whose center was everywhere and its circumference nowhere. (Complete Essays 279) We have seen how in Merleau-Ponty's...
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The Eye's Mind: Literary Modernism and Visual Culture

Karen Jacobs - 2001 - 311 pages
...self and world that recalls the selfs merger with the All accomplished by the transparent eyeball: 'The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is die second" (Emerson 1992, 252). That all roads lead to the Golden Day suggests die inevitability of...
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Visionary Film: The American Avant-garde, 1943-2000

P. Adams Sitney - 2002 - 462 pages
...is closer to the Emerson of Circles as an artist than to Ramana Maharshi or Tibetan iconographers. "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world." These opening lines of Emerson's essay might be the motto of Phenomena. Some pages later, he forecasts...
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Minding American Education: Reclaiming the Tradition of Active Learning

Martin Bickman - 2003 - 182 pages
...beginning of the essay this sense of movement and transition is created by the texture of the prose: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...of the world. St. Augustine described the nature of the God as a circle whose centre was everywhere, and its circumference nowhere" (p. 403). The first...
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L'invention du solitaire

Dominique Rabaté - 2003 - 398 pages
...l'origine de cette figure est certaine : c'est l'œil, l'oeil au singulier, de l'observateur singulier : « The eye is the first circle ; the horizon which it...nature this primary figure is repeated without end. » L'étang de Walden, objet hasardeux ou du moins contingent d'un choix de lieu expérimental, ne...
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Circles and Lines: The Shape of Life in Early America

John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of History John Demos - 2004 - 98 pages
...Tyringham, Massachusetts NOVEMBER 2OO3 CIRCLES AND LINES The Traditional World and the Logic of Circularity The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...Augustine described the nature of God as a Circle whose center was everywhere and its circumference nowhere. We are all our lifetime reading the copious sense...
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