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Analysis and comments on The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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
Comment 2 of 5, added on February 22nd, 2005 at 6:19 PM.

'I cannot sing because I see,' wrote that clever man, Israel Zangwill. "I
sing because I see,' is the answer of the Sage. - (Dr.Paul Bronton.)

Hence the poet sings!

Rao from United States
Comment 1 of 5, added on January 12th, 2005 at 11:14 AM.

Recently I got out my old undergraduate American Literature anthology. I
reread one of my very favorite poems: Emerson's "The Rhodora." I had long
since committed it to memory but was pleased to read it again.
With in days of this I came across one of my grandmother's old college
textbooks. (Please bear in mind that she graduated from college in 1903
twenty-one years after Emerson's death.) I once again looked eagerly at
this poem and was shocked to find that it had two lines in it of which I
had NEVER heard replacing two lines of which I was very familiar. The lines
are:
"Young Raphael might covet such a school;
The lively show beguiled me from my way."
These lines replace:
"Here might the redbird come his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array."
Does anyone have any thoughts or information on this? Were the lines with
which I am familiar added later? If the unknown lines were present in the
poem twenty years after his death did he change those lines or did someone
else?
Caryl McIntire Edwards

Caryl McIntire Edwards from United States

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Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: The Rhodora
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