Close Reading American Literature

Nature at Its Finest

Language’s Beauty

1.       Words are signs of natural facts.

2.       Particular natural facts are symbols of particular spiritual facts.

3.       Nature is the symbol of spirit.

My original reading of this passage was how accurate and relevant these three statements are. On day to day basis individuals express how he or she interprets the world. How he or she can express the appreciation of the beauty that has been performed in front of him or her.  Once the beauty has been appreciated it becomes a part nature. That nature now becomes his or her own spirituality that cannot be compromised because he or she has new fulfillment establishes upon him or her.

              The significance of these three statements helps to give the speaker and or reader an understanding as to how and why language is important.  Language is prescriptive meaning it has a judgment, set of rules, and or grammar which initiates that there are limitations in how language should be addressed. Although there is a prescription of how language is important there is a description to why language is important.

              Why is language important? Well language helps to draw a conclusion. Drawing a conclusion helps to give a sense of clarity or an overall understanding of a situation’s concept. Understanding a concept concluded from biography, history, or politics that have helped to develop various forms of language.

              My interpretation is mostly concerned with environment in the realm of civilization. “The use of the outer creation is to give us language for the beings and changes of the inward creation,” (Emerson, 223). What is seen on the outside could be an interpretation to what is on the inside. “Most of the process by which this transformation is made, is hidden from us in the remote time when language was framed; but the same tendency may be daily observed in children. Children and savages use only nouns or names of things, which they continually convert into verbs, and apply to analogous mental acts,” (Emerson, 223). When language was first created each word had one meaning. There was not an underlying of words. As time went on children and savages, “a member of a people regarded as primitive and uncivilized,” ( created the new forms of communication. What was once innocent is no longer pure; instead it is seen as a figure that is far-fetched.

              Words are signs of natural facts. Particular natural facts are symbols of particular spiritual facts. Nature is the symbol of spirit. Spirit is the external being that is represented by the internal being. Depending on the internal being can decipher its purity.


One thought on “Nature at Its Finest

  1. First, it isn’t clear at the beginning of your post where this passage is from. I’m an Emerson scholar, so I know that this is from Nature (1836), but any other reader might not immediately recognize it. I recommend you begin your final draft of the paper in your own words, with a clearer and more directly focused thesis and introduction. Don’t begin your final paper with this quotation from Emerson. Especially because this is a list, it’s an odd format that isn’t easily recognizable.


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