Genaro Adrian Deleza
Professor Herchap
English 2327 M06
October 09, 2017
Essay #1
Feeling a genuine connection toward a religion may be challenging for some people. The thought of completely understanding how everything was created and what higher being crafted what we see before us can leave a person confused and bewildered. In this search for who created man and what our purpose is in life, came religion. Although we may be closer to a higher being by claiming a certain religion based on the experiences of others, as Emerson emphasizes in his poem "Nature", being taught about something we haven't discovered on our own strips us of that genuine feeling of being connected to nature, and ultimately, a higher being. Through this way of thinking, developed a new form of philosophy known as transcendentalism.
Transcendentalism is a German based philosophy that challenged the more commonly practiced religions during its development in the 1820's and 1830's. Transcendentalism was more of a philosophy rather than a religion; assuming that people had good intentions, and were fully capable of creating a spiritual connection with nature and a higher being. In the midst of transcendentalisms snowballing popularity in the 1830's, came Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem titled, "Nature". Emerson's poem essentially expressed the goals of a transcendentalist; validating his ideas using metaphors referring to the behaviors of nature itself.
Throughout the poem Emerson does not simply explain his ideas using facts and statistics. Rather than proving his thoughts, he seems to simply sets his words free as he explains what naturally occurs in life. From the simply perfect shape of an egg, to the beauty of the stars above, Emerson uses nature's occurrences to prove its influence on commodity, beauty, language and discipline. In his explanation of nature's influence on commodity, he reminds the reader how nature in itself provides for man within the everlasting cycle of life. Emerson's ideas about beauty are expressed using metaphors referring to the visual appeal of animals, plants and the surrounding environment. In the section "Language", the author analyzes speech and explains how we express ideas more efficiently using metaphors such as, "the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree". In the poems final section dedicated to discipline, Emerson explains how a better life can be achieved by respecting yourself and everything around you.
In conclusion, Emerson's poem "Nature" is essentially parallel with the idea of transcendentalism. Although the intent of "Nature" may not have been intended to persuade the reader toward adopting this way of thinking, it is an expression of Emerson's outlook on life and how he connected with nature. Nature expresses Ralph's belief, which ties into transcendentalism, that each individual person must develop an unblemished and personal understanding of the universe. Ralph Emerson was a Transcendentalist. Nature compiled a systematic elucidation of the leading principles of Transcendentalism and was published in 1836. This publish caused a huge uproar in the literary world. Emerson's Nature was a compilation of his lectures, journals, and sermons. Emerson finishes Nature assenting and hopeful that the people in the world will see the world in a new perspective.

Emerson, Ralph W, and Stanley Appelbaum. Self-reliance, and Other Essays. New York: Dover Publications, 1993. Print.