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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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33662 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 86 Comments
22382 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21312 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
17450 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 12 Comments
15916 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
12845 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 38 Comments
12669 Celestial Love
12407 The Bell
12009 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 67 Comments
11504 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
10876 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 8 Comments
10590 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 12 Comments
10380 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
10223 The Snow-Storm
9823 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9796 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 203 Comments
9175 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
8474 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 245 Comments
8389 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8287 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
7942 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
7803 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7513 Alphonso Of Castile
6980 Dirge
6858 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6792 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 29 Comments
6687 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6278 Days
6247 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6135 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5521 Painting And Sculpture
5134 Tact
4977 Astræ
4954 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
4937 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4792 Ode To William H. Channing
4237 The Forerunners
4237 To Ellen, At The South
4041 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3917 The Day's Ration
3797 Etienne de la Boéce
3644 Monadnoc
3589 To J.W.
3549 Musketaquid
3421 Merlin II
1751 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 19 Comments
1646 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
1444 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
1319 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 254 Comments
1126 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 95 Comments
1068 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 77 Comments
1044 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 236 Comments
966 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
708 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
582 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
554 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
526 Threnody
512 Musketaquid
479 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
41 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
38 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
35 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
34 The Problem
25 Merlin I


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