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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
33747 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 88 Comments
22415 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21356 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
17510 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 14 Comments
15952 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
12946 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 40 Comments
12719 Celestial Love
12449 The Bell
12057 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 68 Comments
11558 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
10946 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 9 Comments
10444 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
10291 The Snow-Storm
9861 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9834 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 203 Comments
9231 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
8522 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 247 Comments
8430 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8324 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 8 Comments
7981 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 9 Comments
7838 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7563 Alphonso Of Castile
7026 Dirge
6899 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6833 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 30 Comments
6723 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6311 Days
6270 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6179 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5570 Painting And Sculpture
5166 Tact
5005 Astræ
4981 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
4965 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4839 Ode To William H. Channing
4269 To Ellen, At The South
4257 The Forerunners
4068 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3936 The Day's Ration
3829 Etienne de la Boéce
3664 Monadnoc
3618 To J.W.
3590 Musketaquid
3442 Merlin II
1824 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
1705 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
1493 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
1372 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 256 Comments
1210 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 101 Comments
1123 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 77 Comments
1076 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 237 Comments
1008 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
745 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 8 Comments
616 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 8 Comments
588 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
551 Threnody
546 Musketaquid
508 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
89 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
82 The Problem
76 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
61 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
52 Merlin I
6 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 12 Comments


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