Nature Essay By Emerson Summary
After dealing with commodity and lower elements, Emerson returns to the higher calling of beauty in nature.
Nature, in the form of a rose, speaks to this human lover in "all languages." At the same time, nature aspires to higher forms as "striving to be man, the worm / Mounts through all the spires of form." In this last image the human mind, at its best, is the highest expression of nature. First, Emerson describes the times in which he lives as "retrospective." That is, people are concerned with what has gone before.
He admonishes readers not to look backward but to develop their own relationships with nature and with God in the here and now.
He runs through the many ways in which nature is useful and reminds readers even these "low" uses are part of a divine creation and a divine unity.
Nature is "not only the material but also the process and the result": all uses of nature are themselves a part of nature.