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Ralph Waldo Emerson - The Rhodora

On Being Asked, Whence Is The Flower?

In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook.
The purple petals, fallen in the pool,
Made the black water with their beauty gay;
Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array.
Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being:
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask, I never knew:
But, in my simple ignorance, suppose
The self-same Power that brought me there brought you.

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Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: The Rhodora

Comment 5 of 5, added on April 5th, 2006 at 4:28 PM.

of course we cannot be sure if our conclusions of this poem are true seeing as R.W. Emerson is dead,
but i looked up the definition of transcendentalism and turned up some very hazy results, with the exception of the following: a literary and philosophical movement that was begun during the early 19th century in New England by Ralph Waldo Emerson and others. Influenced by the Romantic movement, as well as the philosophies of Kant and Hegel. Emphasized nature as a source of human inspiration, almost on a religious level. Human intuition and relationship with nature very important.

i think that the relationship with nature may be in part related to seeing the beauty in the rhodora.

well, thats what i'm putting for my english project at least...

RWE fan
Comment 4 of 5, added on March 30th, 2006 at 9:48 AM.

Can somebody give me a good place to find the interpretation of this poem? I kind of need this soon. I like the poem, so that's why I'm looking for an interpretation. As soon as I have more time I will comment on my thoughts of this poem. Thanks
Nick

Nick from United States
Comment 3 of 5, added on December 28th, 2005 at 4:54 AM.

can anyone tell me where is the transcendentalism in this poem . i really can not see it

zhouxiaoqin from China

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