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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
33394 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 84 Comments
22236 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21157 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
17258 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
15765 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
12666 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 36 Comments
12551 Celestial Love
12226 The Bell
11883 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 66 Comments
11282 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
10609 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
10422 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 Comments
10228 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
9972 The Snow-Storm
9722 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9643 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 199 Comments
9036 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
8873 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
8406 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8300 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 243 Comments
8288 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8135 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7806 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
7669 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7383 Alphonso Of Castile
6841 Dirge
6749 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6654 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 23 Comments
6589 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6170 Days
6139 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5996 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5389 Painting And Sculpture
5034 Tact
4974 The Problem
4897 Astræ
4872 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
4864 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4643 Ode To William H. Channing
4162 To Ellen, At The South
4136 The Forerunners
4040 Merlin I
3974 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3850 The Day's Ration
3728 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
3709 Etienne de la Boéce
3574 Monadnoc
3501 To J.W.
3438 Musketaquid
3340 Merlin II
1462 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 16 Comments
1411 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
1218 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
1102 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 253 Comments
929 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 91 Comments
922 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 72 Comments
857 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 234 Comments
821 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
587 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
491 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
425 Threnody
418 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
405 Musketaquid
374 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments


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