Nature Walking Analysis

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Emerson, R. W., & Thoreau, H. D. (1994). Nature walking. Beacon Press.

John Elder the editor of Nature Walking tells us in the introduction that even though other nature writers developed the tradition in many ways, as new scientific vistas have opened and as they have sunk their own roots in different regions of the country. Yet, Nature and Walking remain crucial points of departure – texts to which, as frequent echoes of their language testify, our literature of nature continually returns. (pg. vii) Emerson and Thoreau had such a unique way of looking at nature and a definite poetic way of writing about it, that people have held them up to be the measure of all writings about nature since. Thoreau though he compliments Emerson and pays his respects to Emerson’s writing in the Nature also establishes himself as a strong divergent from Emerson.
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55) Nature will always provide us with something new to ponder or study. The Ideals and Spirit of nature are something we look for and according to Emerson easily find when surrounded by nature. Ultimately the prospects are never-ending, “Every spirit builds itself a house, and beyond its house a world, a heaven,” (pg. 66)
Walking by Henry David Thoreau is similar to Emerson’s Nature, but at the same time independent, as it explains that appreciation for nature cannot simply be unconsciously done but that it has to be a learned habit. By walking through nature Thoreau develops a way of slowly and somewhat methodically enjoying the very tiniest of changes around him. “Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.” (pg.

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