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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
34584 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 94 Comments
22835 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21747 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
19596 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 25 Comments
16353 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
13636 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 50 Comments
13079 Celestial Love
12799 The Bell
12559 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 72 Comments
12155 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
11527 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 18 Comments
11293 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 211 Comments
11014 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
10892 The Snow-Storm
10259 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9734 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
9176 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 259 Comments
8800 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8677 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 16 Comments
8456 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 19 Comments
7943 Alphonso Of Castile
7378 Dirge
7354 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 40 Comments
7232 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
7048 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6622 Days
6593 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6530 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5922 Painting And Sculpture
5437 Tact
5298 Astræ
5280 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
5208 Ode To William H. Channing
5178 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4532 The Forerunners
4515 To Ellen, At The South
4379 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
4171 The Day's Ration
4090 Etienne de la Boéce
3892 To J.W.
3878 Musketaquid
3845 Monadnoc
3664 Merlin II
2813 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2656 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
2478 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 32 Comments
2249 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
2116 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 23 Comments
1888 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 260 Comments
1887 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 115 Comments
1614 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 248 Comments
1565 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 88 Comments
1232 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 17 Comments
774 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
769 Threnody
656 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 30 Comments
430 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
369 The Problem
320 Merlin I
295 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 14 Comments
269 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
63 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
37 Musketaquid
36 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments


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