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" Standing on the bare ground — my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space — all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part... "
The United Presbyterian Magazine - Page 57
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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
...transparent eyeball in the famous caricature by the poet and painter Christopher Cranch. In Emerson's words: "All mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing. I see all."28 But though Emerson and Lane probably met at the Gloucester Lyceum when Emerson was lecturing...
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The Philosophers' Secret Fire: A History of the Imagination

Patrick Harpur - 2007 - 384 pages
...one of living participation rather than one of domination: 'Standing on the bare ground', he wrote, 'the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God.'22 This mystical view of Nature increasingly caught the popular mood. It became commonplace...
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Ecstasy of the Beats: On the Road to Understanding

David Creighton - 2007 - 317 pages
...sky," Emerson became "a transparent eye -ball," ecstatic revelation ensuing:"I see all. The currents of Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God." It was Romanticism in American form, the imagination lifted above reason as a gift from the gods. Kerouac...
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Emerson's Nonlinear Nature

Christopher J. Windolph - 2007 - 200 pages
...nearly two hundred years after Religio Medici—but also some one-hundred forty after the Opticks—that "I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me" (CollW, 1:10), one must surely be speaking in anything but literal terms, right? In each age, one finds...
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Hawthorne and Melville: Writing a Relationship

Jana L. Argersinger, Leland S. Person - 2008 - 378 pages
...nature. In "Nature," originally titled "Pan," Emerson famously wrote of being "bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space — all mean...become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing; I see all."28 Even more than in The Blithedale Romance — a novel that derides this "blithe air" of transcendentalism—...
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Eating Identities: Reading Food in Asian American Literature

Wenying Xu - 2007 - 208 pages
...130). Lee's transcendentalism bears a strong resemblance to Emerson's, whose famous declaration goes, "[A]ll mean egotism vanishes, I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all" (Ziff 39). Lee's "360-degree seeing" and Emerson's "transparent eyeball" offer a political liberal...
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