The Concept of Nature in Nineteenth-Century English Poetry

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CHAPTER XII
EMERSON'S NATURE-POETRY

THE constant theme of Emerson's nature-poetry is the identity of being which runs through all the diverse forms of nature,--which identity of being is the identity of spirit. Nothing is isolated, but each fact exists in relation to the whole. Nothing is fixed, for the eternal spirit is passing through a ceaseless cycle of change.


Spiritual Identity of Being

There is a frequent suggestion of Goethe's titles, "Eins und Alles," "Dauer im Wechsel," "Weltseele"; and with the last of these poems Emerson was certainly acquainted. In the undated poem, "Pan," this theme of spiritual identity has a curious suggestion of Leibniz--the spiritual monads, the "fulgurations" of Deity in the Monadology--but Leibniz passed on through the medium of the poets, Goethe or Coleridge.1 In "Xenophanes" ( 1834), Emerson develops the thought that "all things are of one pattern made," and universal nature, an infinite paroquet, continually repeats the same note. And other angles of the same theme are shown in "Hamatreya," "Bohemian Hymn," "Ode to Beauty."

But the classical expression of this theme in Emerson is his "Brahma" ( 1857). This poem is fine enough and important enough in its thought to be quoted entire.

If the red slayer think he slays.
Or if the slain think he is slain,

They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.

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