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The Connection of God and Nature in Bryants Thanatopsis Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant says that nature tells us different things at different times When we are having good times God and nature attribute to that When we are having bad times God and nature are willing to help us through our problems In this poem Bryant makes a connection between God and Nature through society imagery destiny status and trust Although Thanatopsis is the Greek word for meditation on death it also can be seen as a meditation on nature Nature is being portrayed as the main influence and supporter of the society She has a voice of gladness and a smile And eloquence of beauty and she glides Into his darker musings with a mild And healing sympathy that steals away Their sharpness ere he is aware 4-8 More over the poem indicates clear examples for a relation between nature and God In fact Nature is a direct connection to God all the infinite host of heaven 46 Therefor reflecting back to the previous statement God is always there for people especially for those who are suffering The poem also is mainly based on thoughts about death The following lines are descriptions and images of death When thoughts Of the last bitter hour come like a blight over the spirit and sad images Of the stern agony and shroud and pall And breathless darkness 8-11 But the three succeeding lines that no one should be afraid and that Nature and God have the power to reconcile Go forth under the open sky and list To Natures teachings while from all around Earth and her waters and the depths of air Comes a still voice 14-17 Even if you die alone the living will not live forever and eventually have the same destiny So shalt though rest and what if thou withdraw In silence from the living and no friend
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