In his poem “Mont Blanc”, Shelley is in awe of the nature surrounding him. He describes numerous aspects of nature, particularly Mont Blanc, as vast and imposing. According to Burke, the portrayal of nature as large, deep, or incomprehensible lends a sense of danger, and a major proponent of the sublime is that it should strike terror into the observer’s soul. The “broad vales” and “unfathomable deeps” (778) show just how small and insignificant human existence is in comparison to the rest of the natural world, and, for many people, coming face to face with the brevity and triviality of life is astonishing and terrifying. Similarly, the vastness and incomprehensibility of the “everlasting universe of things” (776) are illustrated to contrast the human mind, which is small and limited in the grand scheme of things. However, Shelley believes that humility before the sublimity of nature is beneficial to all parties involved; the “primaeval mountains / Teach the adverting mind”(778-79) and expand mankind’s understanding. On the other hand, although nature is much more powerful and lasting than mankind, nature still needs humans to observe its majesty, as evinced by the lines “And what were thou, and earth, and stars, and sea, / If to the human mind’s imaginings / Silence and solitude were vacancy?” (780). If no one is able to admire the sublimity of nature, can it still even be considered sublime? Shelley’s emphasis on the overwhelming grandeur of nature proves that we are not the masters of the natural world–as many industrialists of the time would choose to believe–but by living with nature instead of subjugating it, we can still play an important role in making it divine.