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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
35147 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 97 Comments
23061 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21978 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
20160 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 31 Comments
16720 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 15 Comments
14021 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 55 Comments
13357 Celestial Love
13034 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 76 Comments
12991 The Bell
12571 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
11922 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 22 Comments
11524 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 216 Comments
11244 The Snow-Storm
10490 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9977 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 19 Comments
9673 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 260 Comments
9002 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8874 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
8689 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
8253 Alphonso Of Castile
7798 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 44 Comments
7564 Dirge
7504 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6857 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6691 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6173 Painting And Sculpture
5643 Tact
5543 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
5458 Ode To William H. Channing
5364 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
5193 Monadnoc
4727 The Forerunners
4695 To Ellen, At The South
4621 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4323 The Day's Ration
4232 Etienne de la Boéce
4088 Musketaquid
3815 Merlin II
3038 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
2932 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 38 Comments
2910 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
2552 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2460 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 29 Comments
2447 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 120 Comments
2325 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 263 Comments
2182 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 253 Comments
1916 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 93 Comments
1712 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
1151 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 33 Comments
971 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
831 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 27 Comments
699 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
601 The Problem
516 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
515 Merlin I
478 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
387 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
337 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
225 Musketaquid
215 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
77 Days
74 Astræ
53 To J.W.
27 Threnody


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