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The early 19th century spawned a new type of thought transcendentalism Introduced by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau transcendentalists believe man as an individual can become spiritually consumed with nature and himself through experiences within nature These ideas however are a starkly contrasted by Emily Dickinson who chose to branch off this path Dickinson believed unlike Emerson and Thoreau that a transcendentalist experience could be achieved without extensive natural experiences but through imagination alone Emerson Thoreau and Dickinson were all monumental writers Some of the best writers in American history they set the boundaries for this new realm of thought Although their ideas were not always similar they all followed the thought that the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul with Nature playing central role in the writers works Thoreau states in Walking Here is the vast savage howling mother of ours Nature lying all around with such beauty Dickinson writes in Poem 324 Some keep the Sabbath going to Church-- I keep it staying at Home-- With a Bobolink for a Chorister--And an Orchard for a Dome-- These two passages show how nature plays a critical role in the lives of all three of the writers persona The male perspective however seen through the works of Thoreau and Emerson where nature refers to essences unchanged by man the air the river the leaf is revised and satirized by Dickinsons statement that Of all the Souls that stand create- I have elected-One Dickinson is saying that everything might have souls but she has decided to listen to one hers Dickinsons works were meant to jeer at society by showing how a woman ironically trapped in her natural surroundings of the home without extensive time wandering in Nature could obtain as much experience if not more than any male writer Both Emerson and Thoreau used societys stereotype of the true male environment the rough and tough wilderness as the place to draw
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