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Emerson Chapter 1 NatureAnswer the following in complete sentences and short essay format. Use evidence from the text to helpsupport your ideas. You can also include your general response to the Emerson’s style, tone, and overallmeaning.1.What does he mean when he says, “I am not solitary whist I read and write, thoughnobody is with me”? How might he be defining the word “solitary” and what could be withhim?2.What does Emerson think about the stars? Use specifics from the text to explain youranswer.3.“Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort all hersecret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Nature never became a toy toa wise spirit. “ What is Emerson saying here about man’s interaction with nature?4.What does Emerson say about truly “seeing’ nature?5.What does Emerson say about the woods?6.Respond to the quote, “Standing on the bare ground—my head bathed by the blithe air,and uplifted into infinite space,--all mean egotism vanishes.”7.He ends this chapter with this “To a man laboring under calamity, the heat of his ownfire hath sadness in it. Then, there is a kind of contempt of the landscape felt by him whohas just lost by death a dear friend. The sky is less grand as it shuts down over less worth inthe population.” Comment on what you think he means.8.Overall, what is Emerson saying about nature and man?9.Have you ever sat alone in the woods or in a field and felt yourself become a“transparent eye-ball”? What does this reference mean to you?Emerson “Self-Reliance”1.
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