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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
32650 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 80 Comments
21894 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
20843 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
16693 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
15537 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
12277 Celestial Love
12227 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 30 Comments
11909 The Bell
11583 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 63 Comments
10820 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
10169 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
10011 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
9833 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
9501 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9475 The Snow-Storm
9356 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 22 Comments
8742 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8581 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
8227 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8043 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
7951 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 65 Comments
7905 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
7487 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7482 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
7151 Alphonso Of Castile
6587 Dirge
6512 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6396 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
6338 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
5989 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5965 Days
5720 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5134 Painting And Sculpture
4887 Tact
4785 The Problem
4748 Astræ
4696 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
4674 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
4410 Ode To William H. Channing
4030 To Ellen, At The South
3990 The Forerunners
3857 Merlin I
3747 The Day's Ration
3740 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3620 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3559 Etienne de la Boéce
3476 Monadnoc
3345 To J.W.
3249 Musketaquid
3191 Merlin II
815 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
800 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
735 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
610 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 81 Comments
541 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 86 Comments
485 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 65 Comments
451 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
439 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 56 Comments
365 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
299 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
241 Threnody
227 Musketaquid
222 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
188 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment


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