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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
33016 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 82 Comments
22042 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
20996 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
16925 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
15661 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
12449 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 32 Comments
12422 Celestial Love
12041 The Bell
11764 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 65 Comments
11029 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
10356 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
10225 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 9 Comments
10031 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
9713 The Snow-Storm
9624 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9474 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 197 Comments
8911 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
8764 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
8323 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8171 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8127 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 240 Comments
8009 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
7631 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
7580 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7270 Alphonso Of Castile
6691 Dirge
6608 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6515 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
6468 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6061 Days
6058 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5858 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5253 Painting And Sculpture
4968 Tact
4882 The Problem
4827 Astræ
4785 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4769 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
4527 Ode To William H. Channing
4103 To Ellen, At The South
4060 The Forerunners
3939 Merlin I
3876 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3804 The Day's Ration
3679 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
3636 Etienne de la Boéce
3527 Monadnoc
3426 To J.W.
3356 Musketaquid
3251 Merlin II
1115 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
1055 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
1005 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
869 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 247 Comments
718 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 88 Comments
679 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 69 Comments
635 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
631 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 230 Comments
478 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
395 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
339 Threnody
322 Musketaquid
300 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
292 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment


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