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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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First LineComments
"May be true what I had heard, Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
On being asked, Whence is the flower? Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, 4 July 1837 Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 82 Comments
Because I was content with these poor fields,
Because I was content with these poor fields,
Bring me wine, but wine which never grew Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 67 Comments
Bulkeley, Hunt, Willard, Hosmer, Meriam, Flint, Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days, Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,
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
Give me truths, Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Good-by, proud world, I'm going home, Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 65 Comments
Hast thou named all the birds without a gun; Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 240 Comments
Higher far,
Himself it was who wrote
I Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
I Alphonso live and learn,
I cannot spare water or wine, Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
I like a church, I like a cowl, Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
I like a church; I like a cowl;
I love thy music, mellow bell,
I serve you not, if you I follow,
If the red slayer think he slays, Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 230 Comments
IT fell in the ancient periods Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Knows he who tills this lonely field
Little thinks, in the field, yon red-cloaked clown Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Little thinks, in the field, yon red-cloaked clown, Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 197 Comments
Long I followed happy guides,—
Man was made of social earth, Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
O Fair and stately maid, whose eye Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
On Being Asked, Whence Is The Flower? Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
Seek not the Spirit, if it hide, Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Set not thy foot on graves;
Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
That you are fair or wise is vain, Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
The bush that has most briers and bitter fruit, Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
The green grass is growing,
The mountain and the squirrel Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 246 Comments
The prosperous and beautiful Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
The rain has spoiled the farmer's day; Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
The rhyme of the poet
The sense of the world is short, Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 9 Comments
The sinful painter drapes his goddess warm,
The south-wind brings Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
The South-wind brings
The Sphinx is drowsy, Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 88 Comments
The Sphynx is drowsy, Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Think me not unkind and rude, Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
Though loth to grieve
Thousand minstrels woke within me,
Thy summer voice, Musketaquit, Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
Thy trivial harp will never please
Trees in groves, Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
Venus, when her son was lost, Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Virtue runs before the muse Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
What boots it, thy virtue,
What care I, so they stand the same,— Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
When I was born,
Who gave thee, O Beauty! Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 31 Comments
Why should I keep holiday, Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
Your picture smiles as first it smiled, Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments


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