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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
34671 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 94 Comments
22877 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21778 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
19662 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 25 Comments
16400 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
13686 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 50 Comments
13120 Celestial Love
12830 The Bell
12633 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 72 Comments
12196 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
11583 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
11326 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 211 Comments
11109 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
10943 The Snow-Storm
10298 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9782 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
9296 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 259 Comments
8830 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8701 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 16 Comments
8503 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 19 Comments
7984 Alphonso Of Castile
7416 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 40 Comments
7407 Dirge
7268 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
7073 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6658 Days
6634 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6551 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5962 Painting And Sculpture
5772 To J.W.
5463 Tact
5324 Astræ
5322 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
5239 Ode To William H. Channing
5199 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4566 The Forerunners
4543 To Ellen, At The South
4410 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4193 The Day's Ration
4119 Etienne de la Boéce
3903 Musketaquid
3864 Monadnoc
3685 Merlin II
2847 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2692 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
2542 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 32 Comments
2302 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2158 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 23 Comments
1987 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 115 Comments
1962 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 260 Comments
1698 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 248 Comments
1622 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 88 Comments
1312 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
808 Threnody
804 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
743 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 30 Comments
462 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
397 The Problem
356 Merlin I
319 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 15 Comments
312 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
110 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
67 Musketaquid
67 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments


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