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Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Emerson was one of the central characters in the transcendental movement emerging in literary circles around Concord, Massachusetts during the late 1830ís. He resigned from his occupation as a Unitarian clergyman in 1832 to travel to Europe, where he befriended Carlyle, Coleridge and Wordsworth among others. In the U.S. he lectured in philosophy, while forming a transcendentalist group comprising fellow writers and poets such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. In 1842 he took over the role as editor of The Dial, which served as spokes vehicle for the movement.

In 1855, Emerson recieved a thin book of poetry entitled "Leaves of Grass" by a poet he had never heard of before. He loved this book of poetry which was unorthodox in both style and subject. Emerson wrote an encouraging letter to this unknown poet, who of course was Walt Whitman. Later they also met, and Whitman was very flattered by the praise of Emerson.

Emersonís first book, Nature (1836) expressed his theories that the imagination of man is shaped by nature and helped spark an entirely new philosophical movement in New England. Essays (1841 and 1844), containing his essays on philosophy and other subjects, brought him international renown. Representative Men (1850) is a collection of lectures held in Oxford and London in 1847. Later lecture collections include The Conduct of Life (1860) and Society and Solitude (1870). His poetry, Poems (1847) and May-Day and Other Pieces (1867) may not have been ground breaking as a whole, but some of his pieces are considered to be among the most important poetry of the 19th century.



64 Poems written by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Alphonso Of Castile
Astræ
Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 65 Comments
Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 55 Comments
Celestial Love
Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
Days
Dirge
Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
Etienne de la Boéce
Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 80 Comments
Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 63 Comments
Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Merlin I
Merlin II
Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Monadnoc
Musketaquid
Musketaquid
Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 30 Comments
Ode To William H. Channing
Painting And Sculpture
Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
Tact
The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
The Bell
The Day's Ration
The Forerunners
The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
The Problem
The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
The Snow-Storm
The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 80 Comments
The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 86 Comments
The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Threnody
To Ellen, At The South
To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
To J.W.
Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 64 Comments


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