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Analysis and comments on The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Comment 1 of 3, added on April 4th, 2006 at 9:26 PM.

RW Emerson was rather fond of nature's kind tutalage over the sterner
complexities of modern life, which he believed were unnecessary. His route
to happiness was "simple rules are all one needs to governe" a man's life.
(see spiritual laws)

This is a poem about favoring the simple/naturalistic over the the
contrived and complex. So what happens when you're the Archbishop of
Dublin and your daughter wants to have an abortion? What happens when
you're the President of the US and you're caught in an indiscretion with an
intern? How about the Prime Minister of Sweeden who embraces liberal
values but who's economy relies on selling steel to dictators to make
weapons? Hmmm.. life doesn't always give us simple problems for his simple
naturalistic answers.

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Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poem: The Sphynx
Added: May 7 2003
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Poem of the Day: Mar 19 2017

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