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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
34501 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 94 Comments
22792 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21711 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
19537 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 24 Comments
16301 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
13576 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 49 Comments
13037 Celestial Love
12756 The Bell
12483 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 72 Comments
12108 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
11463 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
11243 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 211 Comments
10906 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
10823 The Snow-Storm
10221 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9686 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 16 Comments
9053 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 259 Comments
8766 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8643 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 15 Comments
8406 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
8130 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7918 Alphonso Of Castile
7344 Dirge
7294 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 39 Comments
7184 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
7019 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6590 Days
6539 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6509 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5882 Painting And Sculpture
5393 Tact
5259 Astræ
5242 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
5178 Ode To William H. Channing
5159 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4507 The Forerunners
4466 To Ellen, At The South
4347 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4143 The Day's Ration
4059 Etienne de la Boéce
3856 To J.W.
3850 Musketaquid
3829 Monadnoc
3642 Merlin II
2760 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2618 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
2414 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 31 Comments
2188 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2060 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 23 Comments
1825 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 260 Comments
1804 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 114 Comments
1510 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 247 Comments
1496 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 87 Comments
1159 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
744 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
734 Threnody
570 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 29 Comments
388 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
329 The Problem
291 Merlin I
256 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
242 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
20 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
1 Musketaquid


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