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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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35771 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 98 Comments
23414 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 8 Comments
22387 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
20476 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 32 Comments
16933 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 15 Comments
14350 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 57 Comments
13542 Celestial Love
13283 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 76 Comments
13184 The Bell
12974 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
12294 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 25 Comments
11716 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 216 Comments
11643 The Snow-Storm
10693 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
10211 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
10080 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 260 Comments
9186 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
9042 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
8871 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 22 Comments
8464 Alphonso Of Castile
7980 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 44 Comments
7894 Dirge
7682 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
7217 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6837 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5873 Tact Comments and analysis of Tact by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
5780 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
5633 Ode To William H. Channing
5511 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
5320 Monadnoc
5031 The Forerunners
4867 To Ellen, At The South
4462 Musketaquid
4459 The Day's Ration
3983 Merlin II
3230 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
3198 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 39 Comments
3122 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
2823 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 36 Comments
2784 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2776 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 124 Comments
2556 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 265 Comments
2229 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 93 Comments
2111 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
1566 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 33 Comments
1516 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 30 Comments
1209 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
930 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
782 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 29 Comments
765 The Problem
723 Merlin I
677 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
634 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
540 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
529 Musketaquid
370 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
285 Days
280 Astræ
214 To J.W.
139 Threnody
116 Etienne de la Boéce
80 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
63 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 253 Comments
57 Painting And Sculpture


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