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" The problem of restoring to the world original and eternal beauty is solved by the redemption of the soul. The ruin or the blank, that we see when we look at nature, is in our own eye. "
Nature: Addresses, and Lectures - Page 62
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1876 - 372 pages
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Healing the Republic: The Language of Health and the Culture of Nationalism ...

Joan Burbick - 1994 - 355 pages
...an "instantaneous in-streaming causing power" (N, 43)? Emerson's final answer is to redeem the soul: "The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken...disunited with himself. He cannot be a naturalist, until he satisfies all the demands of the spirit. Love is as much its demand, as perception" (N, 43). Emerson...
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The Emerson Museum: Practical Romanticism and the Pursuit of the Whole

Lee Rust Brown - 1997 - 285 pages
...who is no less preoccupied than Coleridge with problems of fragments and wholes, would later declare, "The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken...in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself (CJV 1:43). For Coleridge, allegory and symbol are alternative ways of reading the significant products...
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Emerson and the Climates of History

Eduardo Cadava - 1997 - 256 pages
...as he ought to be; but our way of painting this is on Time, and we say Was" (J, 5: 371). "The ruin or the blank, that we see when we look at nature, is in our own eye," he tells us toward the end of Nature. "The axis of vision is not coincident with the axis of things,...
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Discovering Child Art: Essays on Childhood, Primitivism, and Modernism

Jonathan David Fineberg, Jonathan Fineberg - 1998 - 271 pages
...the transition in Emerson's "Nature" from the early "transparent eyeball" to the idea that the "ruin or the blank that we see when we look at nature, is in our own eye."12 But Whitman does not end his poem where Emerson and Wordsworth left their ruminations. In spite...
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The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joel Porte, Saundra Morris - 1999 - 280 pages
...Nature the division between body and soul that Whitman, in this passage, claims to heal: "The ruin or blank, that we see when we look at nature, is in our...of things, and so they appear not transparent but opake" (E and L 47). According to Emerson, it is only during rare and privileged moments of vision,...
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Emerson's Ethics

Gustaaf Van Cromphout - 1999 - 182 pages
...Nature, where "the redemption of the soul" supplies the correct point of view. Without such redemption, "the axis of vision is not coincident with the axis...of things, and so they appear not transparent but opake" (CW 1:43). Like Kant, Emerson insists that freedom, the sine qua non of morality, is "known"...
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The Aesthetics of Enchantment in the Fine Arts, Volume 65

M. Kronegger, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka - 2000 - 324 pages
...explanation for this shift in Emerson's thought lies in the conclusion to the essay at large: The ruin or the blank that we see when we look at nature, is...disunited with himself. He cannot be a naturalist until he satisfies all the demands of the spirit. (23) What Emerson's text suggests, then, is that the transparent...
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Alexandria 5: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth, and Culture, Volume 5

David Fideler - 2000 - 471 pages
...restoring to the world original and eternal beauty, is solved by the redemption of the soul. The ruin or the blank, that we see when we look at nature,...of things, and so they appear not transparent but opake. The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is because man is disunited...
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Dreams of a More Perfect Union

Provost and Professor of Political Science Rogan Kersh, Rogan Kersh - 2001 - 358 pages
...self, as an inhabitant of such vital, extensive ground. Myra Jehlen sum104. See, eg, ibid., i : 73 -74: "The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken...heaps, is because man is disunited with himself." See also Edman 1926, 417, or Gilman 1960-82, 7:304. 105. Fredrickson 1965, 10-15; Bercovitch 1985,...
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Framing Hitchcock: Selected Essays from the Hitchcock Annual

Christopher Brookhouse, Richard Allen, Sabrina Barton, John A. Bertolini, Lesley Brill, Joseph Garncarz, Joan Hawkins, Christopher Morris, Thomas Hemmeter, Thomas Leitch, Frank M. Meola, James Naremore, Leland Poague, Charles L. P. Silet, David Sterritt, Sarah Street, James M. Vest - 2002 - 418 pages
...in a peculiar sort of dizziness, indeed a sort of vertigo. As Emerson writes in Nature, the ruin or blank, that we see when we look at nature, is in our...of things, and so they appear not transparent but opake. (43) Even more disorienting is the passage in the much later essay "Experience," where Emerson...
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