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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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Cosmic Surfing: An Experience of Wholeness

Linda N. Cameron PH. D., Linda N. Cameron, Ph.D. - 2004 - 112 pages
...nature in terms of circles in his essay "Circles" "The eye," he wrote, "is the first circle; the horizon it forms is the second; and throughout nature this...Augustine described the nature of God as a circle whose center was everywhere and its circumference nowhere around every circle another can be drawn " Similarly,...
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A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment, and the Future ...

Angus FLETCHER - 2004 - 316 pages
...enough in his "Circles," where the fluid and volatile universe asks us to respond in this double way: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end."2 The horizon thus formed is of course a primary figure in two senses. It cuts a line between...
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Rhetorical Investigations: Studies in Ordinary Language Criticism

Walter Jost, MR Walter Jost - 2004 - 346 pages
...Portable Emerson, ed. Carl Bode with Malcolm Cowley [New York: Penguin, 1981], 228-40), which begins, "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second" and continues: "Everything is medial" (230); "Conversation is a game of circles. In conversation we pluck...
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Consciousness and Culture: Emerson and Thoreau Reviewed

Joel Porte - 2008 - 256 pages
...governs the first series of Emerson's Essays and is embodied in the opening sentence of "Circles": "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second." Emerson's meaning, enforced here by a favorite pun and emphasized throughout "Circles" (when a man...
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Poe, Fuller, and the Mesmeric Arts: Transition States in the American ...

Bruce Mills - 2005 - 202 pages
...Fragments, pt. 1, 522. essay finds form in the centripetal-centrifugal dynamic of the first lines: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...nature this primary figure is repeated without end." Such imagery exhibits the expanding and contracting energies so prevalent in a wide range of the era's...
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Robert Lowell: la mirada de Aquiles

Gabriel Torres Chalk - 2005 - 280 pages
...circularidad de la existencia. Recordemos las dos primeras frases del ensayo titulado "Circles" de Emerson: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...nature this primary figure is repeated without end" (Emerson, 2000 (1841): 252). En la versión de Lowell del poema de Móntale, "The Magnolia's Shadow",...
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The Walk: Notes on a Romantic Image

Jeffrey Cane Robinson - 2006 - 144 pages
...philosophy of becoming (step by step, beginning after beginning), which encounters being at every step 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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Laws of Nature: Excerpts from the Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Walt McLaughlin - 2006 - 81 pages
...first circle; the horizon which it forms in the second; and throughout nature this primary picture is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world. Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there...
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Cuba and the Tempest: Literature and Cinema in the Time of Diaspora

Eduardo González - 2006 - 264 pages
...his (repeated) suicide by various serial hands. THE AUTOMATON ALWAYS DIES LAST The eye is the jirst circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary jigure is repeated without end. Ralph Waldo Emerson Prince oj immediacy, he is even a sort oj/etish,...
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Reading the Early Republic

Robert A. FERGUSON, Robert A Ferguson - 2009 - 370 pages
...are never tired, so long as we can see far enough," Emerson wrote in Nature. In "Circles" he added "the eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second." 32. TJ to the Marquis dc Chastellux, June 7, 1785, and TJ to Edward Coles, August 25, 1814, in Jefferson,...
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