Perception of the Sublime and Nature - Associationism the...

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Associationism: the Self and Perceptions of Nature i) Beauty and sublimity consist in trains of thought When any object, either of sublimity or beauty, is presented to the mind, I believe every man is conscious of a train of thought being immediately awakened in his imagination, analogous to the character or expression of the original object. The simple perception of the object, we frequently find, is insufficient to excite these emotions, unless it is accompanied with this operation of mind, unless, according to common expression, our imagination is seized, and our fancy busied in the pursuit of all those trains of thought, which are allied to this character or expression. Thus, when we feel either the beauty or sublimity of natural scenery, - the gay lustre of a morning in spring, or the mild radiance of a summer evening, the savage majesty of a wintry storm, or the wild magnificence of a tempestu- ous ocean, - we are conscious of a variety of images in our minds, very different from those which the objects them- selves can present to the eye. Trains or pleasing or of solemn thought arise spontaneously within our minds; our hearts swell with emotions, of which the objects before us seem to afford no adequate cause; and we are never so much satiated with delight, as when, in recalling our attention, we are unable to trace either the progress or the con- nection of those thoughts, which have passed with so much rapidity through our imagination. (vol 1 pp 5-6) ii) Dependence of beauty and sublimity on the state of our minds If the mind is in such a state as to prevent this freedom of imagination, the emotion, whether of beauty or sublimity, is unperceived. In so far as the beauties of art or nature affect the external senses, their effect is the same upon every
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