Sunday, February 17, 2019
Human Interaction with Nature in the Works of Aldo Leopold and Elizabet
Human Inter figure oution with Nature in the workings of Aldo Leopold and Elizabeth BishopThe poet Elizabeth Bishop and the indwellingist Aldo Leopold share a keen power ofobservation, a beautifully detailed manner of writing, a love for the beauty of nature, and an interest in how people interact with the natural universe of discourse. akin Leopold, Bishop examines human interactions with nature on some(prenominal) the personal and the ecological level. On the individual level, a huntsmans contact with the sentient being he or she is hunting changes his or her attitude toward nature in both Bishops poem The tilt and Leopolds essay Thinking Like a Mountain. On the larger level, both Bishop in her poem The Mountain and Leopold through with(predicate)out the Sand County almanac envision the role of human beings in relation to the rest of the natural world as one of exploration and interpretation through learning and art.In both Bishops The Fish and Leopolds Thinking Like a Mountain, thepersons contact with a wild animal comes about through hunting. In theory, hunting is asport, a scrap of fang against bullet (Leopold 129), in which the animal has a fairchance of escaping. In reality, however, there is no real challenge for the hunter in bothcase. Leopold and his companions, pumping lead into the pack (130), kill the wolf notby skill but by the sheer number of bullets, while Bishops verbaliser testifies, He didntfight. / He hadnt fought at all (5-6). Thus, both call into indecision whether their huntingis actually a sport.Both Leopold and Bishops speaker are initially unaware of the true value of thecreatures they hunt. Leopold writes, I thought that because fewer wolves meant moredeer, that no wolves would mean hunters paradise (130). Bish... ... of human beings in nature is to explore, perceive, understand, and give a vocalize to the world around them through science and art. They suggest this both throughwhat they say in their writing and by t he very act of writing, which is an act of perceptionand interpretation of nature. However, their interpretations of the mountains messagebeg the question of whether they are interpreting it correctly, or whether they are simplyattributing their own views to landforms. mayhap their works are best seen as aninvitation to their readers to explore the natural world for themselves and create their owninterpretations. Contact with wild creatures might change our attitudes likewiseBibliographyBishop, Elizabeth. The Complete Poems, 1927-1979. New York Farrar, Straus andGiroux.Leopold, Aldo. A Sand County Almanac. New York Oxford University Press, 1949.