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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
33320 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 83 Comments
22201 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21125 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
17212 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
15747 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
12636 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 35 Comments
12521 Celestial Love
12190 The Bell
11860 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 65 Comments
11221 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
10568 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
10388 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 9 Comments
10191 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
9923 The Snow-Storm
9700 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9608 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 199 Comments
9013 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
8846 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
8384 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8270 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8264 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 241 Comments
8109 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7772 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
7646 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7368 Alphonso Of Castile
6806 Dirge
6712 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6623 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 22 Comments
6570 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6150 Days
6111 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5965 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5369 Painting And Sculpture
5021 Tact
4954 The Problem
4886 Astræ
4858 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
4853 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4621 Ode To William H. Channing
4149 To Ellen, At The South
4123 The Forerunners
4016 Merlin I
3959 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3842 The Day's Ration
3716 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
3695 Etienne de la Boéce
3564 Monadnoc
3486 To J.W.
3422 Musketaquid
3331 Merlin II
1395 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 15 Comments
1324 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
1174 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
1050 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 251 Comments
883 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 90 Comments
878 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 70 Comments
814 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 232 Comments
790 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
563 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
474 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
409 Threnody
390 Musketaquid
390 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
362 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments


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