Both Whitman, Thoreau, and Bello believe that one should experience nature directly. Thoreau focuses on the importance of walking and being one with nature. Bello also believes in being one with nature by working the land and keeping it fertile for human use but also protecting it. Whitman enjoys the cleanness of the air and being one with the nature around him. All three believe that to experience nature and wildness best, you must be put into the environment and take a minute to move around, look around, and breathe the clean air in.
Whitman enjoys the fresh air of the outdoors. “The atmosphere is not a perfume…. It has no taste of the distillation…. It is odorless, it is for my mouth forever…. I am in love with it” (Whitman 1). Whitman talks about how he is able to be “undisguised and naked” (Whitman 1) in the woods, enjoying the world and what nature has to offer. There is something special about being outdoors and having the chance to rejuvenate and starting with a fresh start.
Whitman also talks about how he cannot answer the questions of a child about what the grass is. “How could I answer the child?…. I do not know what it is any more than he” (Whitman 5). Nature is something that one does not fully understand. It is up to interpretation and doesn’t provide any textbook answers as to what it is and how it works. Sure, we know the science behind nature and different ways mother nature works, but it is very unpredictable. For example, Hurricane Florence was very untrackable for a period of time. It was unpredictable because mother nature is like that.
I wish I was able to read Whitman outside to experience the fresh, perfume free air of nature. Sadly, mother nature spoiled my plans and decided to drop some rain all day. But, it is clearing the air of the negative energy and the pollution that lingers from time to time. I plan to go back and read the book outside of finish the book outside when the weather gets better. I tried my best to imagine the fresh air and outdoors as I read in Virginia Hall’s parlor.