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A Rewilding of the Human Heart in a Lyrical Illustrated Invocation of Nature – Brain Pickings

The Lost Spells: A Rewilding of the Human Heart in a Lyrical Illustrated Invocation of Nature

“A leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars,” the young Walt Whitman sang in one of the finest poems from his Song of Myself — the aria of a self that seemed to him then, as it always seems to the young, infinite and invincible. But when a paralytic…

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Coleridge on the Interplay of Terror and Transcendence in Nature and Human Nature – Brain Pickings

The Storm, the Rainbow, and the Soul: Coleridge on the Interplay of Terror and Transcendence in Nature and Human Nature

“Place and a mind may interpenetrate till the nature of both is altered,” the great Scottish mountaineer and poet Nan Shepherd wrote in her tiny, tremendous masterpiece The Living Mountain. A couple of mountain ranges south, a century and a half earlier, the great Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772–July 25, 1834) captured…

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Beloved Writers on Nature as an Antidote to Depression – Brain Pickings

Beloved writers on nature as an antidote to depression

“It is not only on you that dark spots fall, the darkness also threw their spots on me.” Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) wrote in his deepest, most visible poem. Even if the dark spots fall on me, I stand with Whitman and turn to the most reliable source of light…

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