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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
33587 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 84 Comments
22360 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21283 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
17412 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
15891 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
12802 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 37 Comments
12643 Celestial Love
12373 The Bell
11973 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 66 Comments
11467 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
10814 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 8 Comments
10546 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 12 Comments
10344 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
10158 The Snow-Storm
9791 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9762 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 202 Comments
9134 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
8446 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 245 Comments
8366 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8257 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
7911 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
7764 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7484 Alphonso Of Castile
6949 Dirge
6834 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6750 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 28 Comments
6664 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6244 Days
6231 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6110 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5490 Painting And Sculpture
5108 Tact
4954 Astræ
4935 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
4918 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4759 Ode To William H. Channing
4216 The Forerunners
4216 To Ellen, At The South
4020 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3903 The Day's Ration
3774 Etienne de la Boéce
3629 Monadnoc
3571 To J.W.
3516 Musketaquid
3398 Merlin II
1685 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 19 Comments
1597 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
1401 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
1283 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 254 Comments
1072 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 95 Comments
1036 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 77 Comments
1017 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 236 Comments
941 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
675 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
560 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
505 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
478 Threnody
475 Musketaquid
453 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
7 The Problem
6 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
5 Merlin I
4 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments


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