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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
34111 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 94 Comments
22586 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21511 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
17773 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 19 Comments
16108 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
13199 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 45 Comments
12867 Celestial Love
12592 The Bell
12269 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 72 Comments
11824 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
11179 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 12 Comments
10639 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 16 Comments
10546 The Snow-Storm
10011 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
10007 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 211 Comments
9422 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
8737 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 254 Comments
8567 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8450 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
8158 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
7953 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7727 Alphonso Of Castile
7165 Dirge
7055 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 34 Comments
7015 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6836 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6423 Days
6357 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6331 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5717 Painting And Sculpture
5268 Tact
5104 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
5084 Astræ
5065 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4985 Ode To William H. Channing
4355 To Ellen, At The South
4349 The Forerunners
4173 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4007 The Day's Ration
3914 Etienne de la Boéce
3727 Monadnoc
3722 Musketaquid
3715 To J.W.
3531 Merlin II
2105 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 27 Comments
1901 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
1776 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 23 Comments
1566 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 259 Comments
1480 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 109 Comments
1288 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 84 Comments
1234 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 242 Comments
1166 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
898 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
735 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
709 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
651 Musketaquid
614 Threnody
609 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
246 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
214 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
190 The Problem
144 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
140 Merlin I
79 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments


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