America has had a long and arduous relationship with its wild spaces. It has taken many years for us to get to know natures as we see it today. From the founding of our National Parks Service, to our current understanding of climate change and our changing habits associated with it, the road to complete harmony with nature is still being paved, but the current understanding is a wide agreement that we do not know all there is to know and that in the mean time we should tread lightly.
For a little more than two centuries, writers have wandered out into the unknown to seek something within themselves, to become inspired, and to build a relationship with nature. They have come back from their travels, however long or short, with a newfound respect for the wilderness and a poetic interpretation in this regards. Henry David Thoreau might have only been a mile or two away from town, but his year at Walden Pond proved useful in sparking not only a movement inside himself, but the yearning for that same experience from others.
With this blog as a platform, I plan to explore the phenomenon surrounding this and many more experiences of writers in nature and how they inspire people to action. I seek to answer the question of why. Why does nature writing consistently inspire so much action and poeticism in its readers?