Thoreau-Observation Paper Living through a harsh winter in Northwestern Ohio, one may find themselves enveloped in a grey cloud of depression and lethargy. Nature, however, has a gentle way of reminding us that life, and the emotions we experience during it, are on a continuously changing path. Just like the sleeping stillness of winter is eventually replaced with springtime’s bursting buds of colorful new life, so too are the dark times in our life exchanged with those of great hope and joy. By closely monitoring nature’s every changing seasons one can be reminded that like our state of mind and emotion, nothing lasts forever. Watching the frantic flurry of snowflakes falling forlornly onto the cold frozen ground, I wondered if the sun would ever shine again.
This is portrayed through the quote “Evenings are very quiet, all round the forest is there”. The technique used is personification, by giving the forest human qualities, showing that there is no one else only the forest smothering the town’s people. This links the issue of isolation that is also shown in Sean Doherty’s “Bra Boys”. Similarly in Sean Doherty’s “Bra Boys” there is a sense of isolation, from the gang being separated from the broader community. This is shown through the quote “we are not like them, we are different, they wouldn’t understand”.
The Narrator describes the mountain through Inman and his words. “Cold Mountain, all its ridges and coves and watercourses. Pigeon River, Little East Fork, Sorrell Cove, Deep Gap, Fire Scald Ridge. He knew their names and said them to himself like the words of spells and incantations to ward off the things one fears most.” (p.16). Inman is gazing at the mountain, knowing how dangerous his journey is about to become.
By deftly heightening suspense and foreshadowing plot, Edith Wharton explores nature's degeneration ofhuman spirit and vitality. Mr. Gow's quote delves into two integral aspects of the book: how the unrelenting blows of nature corrode, yet intertwine with man's spirit, and how the seasons sculpt human character. In order to comprehend the depth of this quote, it is essential to address the nature of the town itself. The name "Starkfield" symbolically portrays the bleak, harsh landscape of the book. Winter was characterized by "long stretches of sunless cold" while the sky "poured down torrents of light and air on the white landscape."
During the winter, Leper skis. On his skis, Leper tours the land, riding along slowly as to not miss all the scenery in the process. Nature has a large place in Lepers heart. Besides using scenes of nature in his art, he goes out and explores the nature surrounding Devon. These things tend to separate Leper from Gene, Brinker, Finny, and the rest of the group.
Nature Analysis in Edward Thomas Nature also outlasts the old agricultural ways which are dying out – demonstrated in this poem by the contrast in the second stanza of noise: ‘The clink, the hum, the roar, the random singing’ and by the silence in the third stanza: ‘the silent smithy.’ The sibilance here emphasizes the sleepy silence that has fallen over this agricultural area. In Aspens, Thomas portrays nature as powerful and eternally present. Whereas ‘the clink, the hum’ and ‘the roar’, of the village has turned to a ‘silent smithy’ and a ‘silent inn’, the ‘whisper of the Aspens is not drowned.’ As all of the men have gone to war, the village is ‘quiet’ showing the impact the war had on the country, repressing and crushing it. The sibilance here reflects how these man made ventures have been quelled into silence. But as the Aspens are ‘not drowned’ they have survived regardless.
Their ventures through “the cold red of sunset behind winter hills, the flight of cloud-flocks over slopes of golden stubble, [and] the intensely blue shadows of hemlocks on sunlit snow” (Wharton 33) reveal to Frome that the cold landscape is not necessarily dark and unwelcoming. When he realized the landscape can still be perceived beautiful despite the damp cold, he began to regain hope of a better life. Whenever Mattie is beside Frome, the surroundings brighten in response to their emotional warmth. Even when Mattie is not beside him, during lumbering work, Frome attaches himself to Mattie, seeing her face in “part of the “sun’s red and the pure glitter on the snow” (Wharton 50) Because the landscape links the two, Mattie never truly leaves Frome. Mattie’s presence is manifested through the landscape: her voice is heard in a bird’s song, her vitality represented through the bright sunlight, her beauty found in a
Trees bend and buckle under the burden of Winter’s bounty. A snow hare runs underfoot, unafraid and unfamiliar with the strange creature that has perturbed his home. Birds chirp sparsely, at least those who remain. The aroma of the land is captivating, with the distinct smell of spring soon approaching and a scent of pine that lingers in the air. Each breath drawn brings a perceptible chill to the nostrils.
Field of Autumn by Laurie Lee glorifies the autumn season throughout the poem. The poem focuses on the transition between autumn and winter and its effects on nature. Throughout, there is a sense of a slow transition between the two seasons, almost a painful experience going from autumn to winter. Different affects of the arrival of winter are explored through the experiences of animals as well as trees and other aspects of nature. Winter is given a negative feeling in the poem and though the word ‘winter’ is never used, it is implied.
In one of Thomas Cole’s more famous paintings, Lake with Dead Trees, it is a portrait of the Catskills Mountains. The painting shows a very peaceful lake, bordered by bleak, dying trees, and the Catskill Mountains in the background. The sun seems to be setting, with brings a bright glow to the whole left side of the painting. The lake and trees seem to be sparkling on the left side, whereas the right side it bumps into the dark side of the forest. The two deer seem to be frozen or caught off guard, while running through the forest.