Tag Archives: Nature

Finding God in Nature

John Gatta’s book “Making Nature Sacred” explores how nature spirituality entered into America’s religions and was noted by its creative writers.

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Tolstoy: For Happiness, Love & Sacrifice

In “The Cossacks,” a dissipated young man finds spiritual meaning when he journeys to the Caucasus.

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Sleeping Outdoors

Poetry adds an extra dimension to sleeping outdoors.

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Wordsworth Changed How We See Nature

Writer Margaret Drabble explains how Wordsworth changed the way we see the world.

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A Little Bit Chipped Off in Brilliance

D. H. Lawrence’s poem “Hummingbird” works as a kind of trance, out of which we must be jolted lest we be swallowed up.

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A Dear Friend Is Made One with Nature

My dear, dear friend Kate Chandler died yesterday. I am turning to Percy Shelley’s, a poem she loved, as I mourn her.

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Wander Slowly through the Forest

In this nature poem Mary Oliver tells us to open ourselves to “God or the gods,” to listen for “the words that will never leave God’s mouth,” to linger in the wind and the rain and to wander slowly through forests,

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Novels with Waterfalls and Secret Caves

When I was growing up, the adventure books that I read influenced how I regarded and interacted with nature.

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Beauty Breaks Like a Flash from Heaven

William Cowper invokes St. Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus to capture his sense of God in nature.

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