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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
34850 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 95 Comments
22938 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21857 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
19798 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 28 Comments
16525 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
13841 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 53 Comments
13196 Celestial Love
12886 The Bell
12778 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 73 Comments
12317 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
11693 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
11388 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 212 Comments
11045 The Snow-Storm
10362 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9850 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
9463 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 259 Comments
8894 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8731 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
8555 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
8074 Alphonso Of Castile
7556 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 42 Comments
7463 Dirge
7351 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6718 Days
6712 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6585 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6041 Painting And Sculpture
5830 To J.W.
5533 Tact
5416 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
5387 Astræ
5305 Ode To William H. Channing
5245 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
5104 Monadnoc
4611 The Forerunners
4598 To Ellen, At The South
4489 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4235 The Day's Ration
4156 Etienne de la Boéce
3966 Musketaquid
3722 Merlin II
2913 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2750 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
2705 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 34 Comments
2383 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2254 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 24 Comments
2165 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 116 Comments
2133 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 261 Comments
1865 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 250 Comments
1736 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 90 Comments
1441 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
903 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 31 Comments
867 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
847 Threnody
531 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
466 The Problem
402 Merlin I
385 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
368 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
191 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
158 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
123 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 24 Comments
111 Musketaquid
11 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments


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