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Sarah Bart Principles of Literary Study March 12 2008 “The Snow Storm”: Nature’s Architect As a transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson was famous for his belief that the natural and spiritual realms surpassed, or transcended, one’s physical presence . Emerson’s poem, “The Snow Storm,” is an ode to the beauty and craftsmanship of nature and is a perfect embodiment of his transcendental ideals . The role of nature in the poem is that of a greater power to which man will always be inferior . Emerson’s poem depicts nature as a skilled artisan; that nature is able to do in one night what mankind takes months and years to do . That is, the wind and snow are able to carve out an entire town overnight, and Emerson considers this natural “masonry” a masterpiece, which unfortunately goes unrecognized by the majority of people . In “The Snow Storm,” the wind carrying the snow becomes a craftsman, a “fierce artificer” who uses the snow as his plaster on everything in its path
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ENG 219 taught by Professor Mcgill during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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