The following quotes
illustrate the topic's ambiguity. Use these to establish the scope of your
topic--to begin to specify the subtopics that verbalize various differing
opinions on the same issue--to begin to develop a guide to your reading.
"I love to think
of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us
every hour, if we only will tune in." George Washington
"Man must go
back to nature for information." Thomas Paine
not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a
wall." Robert Frost
encourages no looseness, pardons no errors." Ralph Waldo
All finite things reveal infinitude:
The mountain within its singular bright shade
Like the blue shine on freshly frozen snow,
The after-light upon ice-burdened pines;
Odor of basswood upon a mountain slope,
A scene beloved of bees;
Silence of water above a sunken tree:
The pure serene of memory of one man,--
A ripple widening from a single stone
Winding around the waters of the world. Theodore Roethke
morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of
books." Walt Whitman
truth depends on a walk around the lake." Wallace Stevens
Abbey, Edward. Cactus
Country. New York: Time-Life Books, 1973.
Carson, Rachel. "The
Obligation to Endure." Writing About the World.
Vol. 1. Ed. Susan McCleod. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Brace,
Jovanovich, 1991. Pages 86-96.
Darwin, Charles. Galapagos
Archipelago. The College Board English
Advanced Placement Examination. 1990.
Dillard, Annie. Teaching a
Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters.
New York: Harper and Row, 1982.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo.
"Nature." Essays and Lectures. Ed.Joel Porte.
New York, NY: Literary Classics of the United States of America,
1983. Pages 539-556.
Gluck, Louise. "For
Jane Meyers." The House on Marshland. The
Echo Press, 1975.
Lopez, Barry H. Of Wolves
and Men. New York: Charles Scribner
and Sons, 1978.
Matthiessen, Peter. Blue
Meridian. New York: Random House, Inc., 1970.
_ _ _ The
Snow Leopard. New York: The Viking Press, 1978.
_ _ _ The Eastern Slope.
New York: The Viking Press, 1959.
McPhee, John. The Control
of Nature. New York: Collins Publishers, 1989.
Melville, Herman. The
Encantadas (Enchanted Isles). The College Board English
Language Advanced Placement Examination. 1990.
McPhee, John. "Ice
Pond." Table of Contents. Ed. Fred Morcellino.New York:
Farrah, Straus and Giroux, 1985. Pages 192-203.
_ _ _ "A Textbook
for Bears." Table of Contents. Ed. Fred Morcellino.
Farrah, Straus and Giroux, 1985. Pages 13-56.
_ _ _ "Under the
Snow." Table of Contents. Ed. Fred Morcellino.
York: Farrah, Straus and Giroux, 1985. Pages 1-12.
Rooney, Andrew. "In Praise of
New York City." A Few Minutes WithAndy Rooney.
Ed. Andrew Rooney. New York, NY: Warner
Books, Inc., 1981.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden
and Civil Disobedience. New York:
New American Library, 1980.
Twain, Mark. The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Williams, Carlos William.
"Spring and All." Collected Earlier Poems.
New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1938