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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 Little Magazine Others and the Renovation of Modern American Poetry

Suzanne Wintsch Churchill - 2006 - 290 pages
...Loy's use of Emerson's image of the circle, which in his writings is a symbol of visionary expansion: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second."53 In Loy's poem, the "I" / "eye" forms a horizon of intimacy between two lovers, a dimension...
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Voyages of the Self : Pairs, Parallels, and Patterns in American Art and ...

Barbara Novak Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of Art History Barnard College and Columbia University - 2007 - 256 pages
..."The Over-Soul") when he says "the soul circumscribes all things"?16 Emerson's essay "Circles" begins: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...everywhere and its circumference nowhere. We are all our lifetimes reading the copious sense of this first of forms."17 Emerson could readily recognize the...
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Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero

Len Gougeon - 2012 - 278 pages
...juxtaposition of "eyes" and "dawn" reminds one of Emerson's statement in "Circles," noted earlier, that "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...nature this primary figure is repeated without end." 158 The entire passage is an extraordinary tour de force for the Emersonian artist-redeemer. It is...
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Räume der Romantik

Inka Mülder-Bach, Gerhard Neumann - 2007 - 326 pages
...Horizont als zweiter Kreis folgt, der wiederum weitere und endlose Wiederholungen nach sich zieht: The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it...throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.5 Der Kreis wird als „höchstes Emblem" identifiziert, womit sich Emerson an die Tradition der...
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Make Us Wave Back: Essays on Poetry and Influence

Michael Collier - 2007 - 160 pages
...circle/sphere is "the highest emblem in the cipher of the world." In order to illustrate his point, he tells us "St. Augustine described the nature of God as a circle...centre was everywhere and its circumference nowhere." Emerson's preoccupation with this cipher is merely another chapter, another example, of what Borges...
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Emerson's Nonlinear Nature

Christopher J. Windolph - 2007 - 200 pages
...beginning with the image of the sphere of Nature scanned by seeing human beings, "her proud ephemerals": "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second." Emerson was a keen scanner of the earth's natural horizon. He lists "the horizon seen at sea" as one...
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The Newberry House Magazine, Volume 1

1893
...opens his essay 011 " Circles." " The eye," he says, " is the first circle ; the horizon which it forms the second ; and throughout nature this primary figure...is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world. S. Augustine described the nature of God as a circle, whose centre was everywhere, and its circumference...
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The Christian Pioneer, Volumes 36-37

1882
...every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please, — you can never have both. St. Augustine described the nature of God as a circle...centre was everywhere, and its circumference nowhere. To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for...
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