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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
32330 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 75 Comments
21762 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
20731 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
16540 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
15441 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
12150 Celestial Love
12017 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 26 Comments
11765 The Bell
11420 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 57 Comments
10677 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
10042 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
9851 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
9723 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 9 Comments
9415 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9278 The Snow-Storm
9267 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
8644 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
8445 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
8139 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
7901 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
7820 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 48 Comments
7790 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
7397 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7374 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
7054 Alphonso Of Castile
6503 Dirge
6424 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6296 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 12 Comments
6243 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
5922 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5869 Days
5625 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5036 Painting And Sculpture
4803 Tact
4704 The Problem
4695 Astræ
4619 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4564 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4313 Ode To William H. Channing
3955 To Ellen, At The South
3918 The Forerunners
3802 Merlin I
3692 The Day's Ration
3672 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3566 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3493 Etienne de la Boéce
3423 Monadnoc
3285 To J.W.
3172 Musketaquid
3137 Merlin II
623 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
541 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 9 Comments
536 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 20 Comments
460 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 59 Comments
388 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 77 Comments
354 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 54 Comments
333 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
329 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 33 Comments
282 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
230 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
163 Threnody
150 Musketaquid
147 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
131 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment


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