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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
34430 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 94 Comments
22753 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21678 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
18067 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 23 Comments
16263 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
13520 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 48 Comments
13017 Celestial Love
12727 The Bell
12433 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 72 Comments
12074 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
11424 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 16 Comments
11207 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 211 Comments
10850 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 19 Comments
10780 The Snow-Storm
10186 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9645 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 15 Comments
8984 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 259 Comments
8731 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8601 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 14 Comments
8377 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
8098 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7888 Alphonso Of Castile
7320 Dirge
7251 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 38 Comments
7149 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6989 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6555 Days
6507 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6476 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5849 Painting And Sculpture
5358 Tact
5231 Astræ
5224 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
5153 Ode To William H. Channing
5142 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4474 The Forerunners
4445 To Ellen, At The South
4308 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4114 The Day's Ration
4033 Etienne de la Boéce
3828 Musketaquid
3823 To J.W.
3807 Monadnoc
3621 Merlin II
2370 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 30 Comments
2141 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2010 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 23 Comments
1773 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 260 Comments
1743 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 113 Comments
1454 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 86 Comments
1441 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 246 Comments
1360 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
1113 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
863 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
847 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
786 Musketaquid
716 Threnody
712 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
514 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 27 Comments
349 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
302 The Problem
260 Merlin I
230 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 12 Comments
216 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments


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