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Analysis and comments on The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Comment 8 of 25, added on August 4th, 2011 at 5:17 AM.

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Comment 7 of 25, added on July 4th, 2010 at 5:12 AM.

beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as indicated by Emerson: the beauty
of nature comes from the beauty of the mind.

anny from China
Comment 6 of 25, added on November 19th, 2009 at 5:31 PM.

The speaker marvels at the beauty and transformative power of blossoms of
the Rhodora which he encounters in a damp, dark: comer of the woods. Its
tiny petals alone are able to interact with and even change the character
of the other elements within the surrounding environment, as displayed when
these "purple petals, fallen in the pool,/ Made the black water with their
beauty gay" (lines 5-6). By merely exuding its natural beauty in an
effortless appeal to the senses, the flower is able to exert a more
visually dominant outstanding force over the more physically predominant
water. Such beauty needs no explanation; it exists for the sole purpose of
being appreciated as a sensory pleasure. "Beauty is its own excuse for
being. ..." (Line 12) and requires no other justification. It need not be
tangible and is meant to be enjoyed in and of itself; for, as Emerson notes
in "Nature," "Nature satisfies by its loveliness. ...Without any corporeal
benefit" (Emerson 192). The simple observation of nature and its elements
is pure delight.

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Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: The Rhodora
Added: Jan 31 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 16 2002

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