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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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35046 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 96 Comments
23017 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21927 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
20004 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 30 Comments
16670 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 15 Comments
13945 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 54 Comments
13299 Celestial Love
12970 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 74 Comments
12964 The Bell
12458 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
11837 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
11473 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 213 Comments
11174 The Snow-Storm
10442 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9925 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
9611 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 260 Comments
8970 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8820 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
8628 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
8178 Alphonso Of Castile
7701 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 43 Comments
7532 Dirge
7451 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6800 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6654 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6134 Painting And Sculpture
5601 Tact
5497 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
5413 Ode To William H. Channing
5289 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
5159 Monadnoc
4691 The Forerunners
4662 To Ellen, At The South
4588 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4286 The Day's Ration
4207 Etienne de la Boéce
4043 Musketaquid
3778 Merlin II
2980 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2856 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 36 Comments
2845 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 12 Comments
2500 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2384 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 25 Comments
2339 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 118 Comments
2251 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 262 Comments
2054 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 251 Comments
1845 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 91 Comments
1624 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
1052 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 33 Comments
927 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
897 Threnody
622 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
605 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 26 Comments
544 The Problem
478 Merlin I
468 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
424 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
299 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
272 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
179 Musketaquid
174 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
24 Astræ
24 Days
19 To J.W.


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