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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
34955 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 95 Comments
22978 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21893 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
19909 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 28 Comments
16601 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
13897 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 53 Comments
13251 Celestial Love
12927 The Bell
12887 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 73 Comments
12395 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
11752 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
11433 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 212 Comments
11112 The Snow-Storm
10400 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9893 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
9548 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 259 Comments
8931 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8780 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
8605 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
8136 Alphonso Of Castile
7628 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 42 Comments
7509 Dirge
7420 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6765 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6760 Days
6619 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6087 Painting And Sculpture
5871 To J.W.
5576 Tact
5467 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
5432 Astræ
5371 Ode To William H. Channing
5268 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
5132 Monadnoc
4660 The Forerunners
4641 To Ellen, At The South
4536 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4262 The Day's Ration
4185 Etienne de la Boéce
4010 Musketaquid
3752 Merlin II
2946 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2806 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
2784 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 34 Comments
2447 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2334 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 24 Comments
2269 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 116 Comments
2202 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 261 Comments
1964 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 250 Comments
1800 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 90 Comments
1530 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
979 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 31 Comments
901 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
875 Threnody
584 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
515 The Problem
447 Merlin I
431 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
398 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 19 Comments
270 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 24 Comments
253 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
215 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
147 Musketaquid
145 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments


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