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Unformatted text preview: are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning and evening. It is a little stardust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.” (194) The Transcendentalist Movement: In the US, this movement was a quasi­religious, philosophical one with many goals. Its essential goal was for its members to transcend the world of matter and live by spiritual laws that (paradoxically) might be discerned in Nature. III. Brute Neighbors: Toward an Ecological III. Brute Neighbors: Toward an Ecological Vision Ecology: the study of the complex inter­ relations among earth’s species. From the Greek word oikos, meaning “household.” “They [baby partridge] are not callow like the young of most birds, but more perfectly developed and precocious even than chickens. The remarkably adult yet innocent expression of their open and serene eyes is very memorable. All intelligence seems reflected in them. They suggest not merely the purity of infancy, but a wisdom clarified by experience. Such an eye was not born when the bird was, but is coeval with the sky it reflects. The woods do not yield such another gem. The traveler does not often look into such a limpid well.” (204) from “Brute Neighbors,” in Walden personification: the literary technique of ascribing human­like qualities to non­ human beings or objects. (Often accomplished through metaphor). epic simile: extended metaphorical comparison that gives a ceremonial aspect to classical epic poetry—or earnest American prose!...
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