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Picture yourself sailing across the horizon and catching a glimpse of the untouched beauty of the newly discovered America There would be no large houses lining the coast and no large cities filled with the hectic hustle of modern day life Nature and landscape has inspired many great poets and writers to create great works as well as the American society as a whole to create a great country Almost every aspect of American life today has been influenced by Nature and landscape The importance of nature and landscape as they pertain to early American Literature can best be illustrated by their mental spiritual and physical effects on early American lifeMany aspects of nature and landscape have a way of influencing people subconsciously Nature and landscape are best illustrated by the many mental effects that they have on the lives of early Americans When the first settlers such as John Smith and John Winthrop came to America they saw the land as a blank canvas for a nation of great power success and freedom The untouched nature mentally inspired them to build a country that was free of all forms of oppression that they had been subjected to Writers like Winthrop have the mentality to create a place of pure puritan beliefs While aboard the America bound Arbella Winthrop illustrates this new mentality inspired by the landscape by stating to keep His commandments and His ordinance and His laws and the articles of our covenant with Him that we may live and be multiplied and that our Lord our God may bless us in the land whither we go to possess it 177 The new landscape and nature of America also gave many people the mentality of self-reliance Writers such as Emerson and Thoreau exiled themselves into nature to escape from the commotion of society Writers like Emerson and Thoreau believed that nature was able to provide the basic essential for
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