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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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35689 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 98 Comments
23358 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
22220 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
20433 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 31 Comments
16906 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 15 Comments
14326 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 57 Comments
13501 Celestial Love
13259 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 76 Comments
13155 The Bell
12943 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 12 Comments
12257 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 24 Comments
11690 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 216 Comments
11604 The Snow-Storm
10658 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
10178 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
10026 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 260 Comments
9156 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
9005 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
8837 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 22 Comments
8434 Alphonso Of Castile
7950 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 44 Comments
7827 Dirge
7656 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
7156 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6797 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5841 Tact
5754 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
5620 Ode To William H. Channing
5493 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
5301 Monadnoc
4987 The Forerunners
4842 To Ellen, At The South
4431 The Day's Ration
4399 Musketaquid
3956 Merlin II
3194 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
3137 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 39 Comments
3087 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
2768 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 36 Comments
2752 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2733 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 123 Comments
2533 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 264 Comments
2202 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 93 Comments
2052 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
1509 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 33 Comments
1447 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 29 Comments
1185 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
902 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
736 The Problem
733 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 27 Comments
698 Merlin I
649 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
601 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
517 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
473 Musketaquid
355 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
258 Days
251 Astræ
195 To J.W.
117 Threnody
94 Etienne de la Boéce
56 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
33 Painting And Sculpture
28 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 253 Comments


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