Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist, once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” (Wilkes, Nature's Secret Messages: Hidden in Plain Sight). Einstein is referring to nature as a portal into the unknown. Initially, one can find the answers to any question, in nature. This idea refers to the Romantic authors as they write about nature. One Romantic author, Whitman, has written two poems, Song of Myself, and When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, illustrating the value of nature. Another Romantic author, Emerson, has written an essay, Nature, which also reflects the importance of nature. As these authors write their literature about nature, they illustrate the importance that it brings to oneself, community, God, and those relationships. It is important for modern readers to value nature, as the Romantic authors did, because it is there that one reflects on oneself, finds a better understanding of life and their surroundings, and becomes closer to God.
It is important for modern readers to value nature, as the Romantic authors did, because it is there that one reflects on oneself. Emerson illustrates the importance of isolation in nature as he writes:
“To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society…But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and what he touches. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime” (Emerson, Nature).
Emerson writes that in order to be alone, one must ‘retire,’ or temporarily give up the same amount ‘from his chamber,’ or of his possessions as he does from ‘society,’ or leaves from the community. When he is alone, he should observe the stars, as it defines him from others and leaves him in awe. Some may think the arrangement of the stars, gives a man the ability to be elevated and lofty in thought as it inspires him. The concept of isolating oneself is to reflect on oneself. In nature, where it is peaceful and quiet, it is easy for one to reflect on oneself. This refection shows one’s true self, as there is no community and not many objects to influence one. Reflecting on oneself should be pertinent to modern readers, as there are many impacts on oneself and rarely serene place. Emerson references the mystical aspect of nature and how one uses nature for reflection as he writes:
“Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood” (Emerson, Nature).
Nature appeals to people primarily cause of its motherly and beautiful appearance. The most intelligent man does not share her...