This year of travel opened Emerson's eyes to many (7). By its conception of external Nature as an incarnation of the Divine Mind it struck the fundamental principle of Emerson's religious belief. The essay had a very small circulation at first, though later it became widely known. In the winter of 1836 Emerson followed up his discourse on Nature by a course of twelve lectures on the.
Emerson previews important themes of his essay in each epigraph. Epigraph one encourages self-reliance, the central trait of the new morality he espouses in the essay. Epigraph two celebrates individuality rather than fate as the main influence on a person’s life. Epigraph three encourages the reader to raise their children in nature, an.