Wonderful World Transcendentalism

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Transcendentalism, a movement which emphasizes the importance of nature and learning for oneself, is valued in music. Transcendentalism is shown by Louis Armstrong in the song “What a Wonderful World”. That song is about the joy of everyday life with reference to the beauty of nature, babies being born, friendship, and the beauty of the world. The appreciation for nature’s beauty is shown when Armstrong sings “I see trees of green, red roses too.” Appreciation for the beauty of nature is an important part of transcendentalism. In In the essay “Nature” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson states “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” Armstrong reflects that belief when he sings the color of trees and roses. The appreciation for nature’s beauty is also shown by Armstrong when he later sings “I see skies of blue and clouds of white. The bright blessed day, The dark sacred night”. Emerson states “Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration.” Armstrong reflects that belief when he sings about clouds and night. Armstrong emphasizes nature and the association between man and nature when he sings “The colors of the rainbow, So pretty in the sky. Are also on the faces of people going by.” Here, the rainbow symbolizes the beauty of nature, which is also reflected in man. Emerson states “In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.” Armstrong reflects that belief when he sings about rainbow, which shows a peaceful landscape, and shows that the beauty of nature is reflected in man. Armstrong finishes those verses by…show more content…
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