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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
33130 The Snow-Storm Comments and analysis of The Snow-Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson 83 Comments
22091 Give All To Love Comments and analysis of Give All To Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
21027 Fate Comments and analysis of Fate by Ralph Waldo Emerson 7 Comments
17018 The Apology Comments and analysis of The Apology  by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
15700 Days Comments and analysis of Days by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
12529 Ode To Beauty Comments and analysis of Ode To Beauty by Ralph Waldo Emerson 33 Comments
12467 Celestial Love
12081 The Bell
11800 Good-by Comments and analysis of Good-by by Ralph Waldo Emerson 65 Comments
11079 Loss And Gain Comments and analysis of Loss And Gain by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
10452 Hamatreya Comments and analysis of Hamatreya by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
10289 Eros Comments and analysis of Eros by Ralph Waldo Emerson 9 Comments
10098 The Amulet Comments and analysis of The Amulet by Ralph Waldo Emerson 11 Comments
9795 The Snow-Storm
9649 Each and All Comments and analysis of Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
9549 Each And All Comments and analysis of Each And All by Ralph Waldo Emerson 197 Comments
8943 Merlin Comments and analysis of Merlin by Ralph Waldo Emerson 6 Comments
8798 The Problem Comments and analysis of The Problem by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
8342 Initial Love Comments and analysis of Initial Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8220 Compensation Comments and analysis of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
8186 Forbearance Comments and analysis of Forbearance by Ralph Waldo Emerson 241 Comments
8047 Suum Cuique Comments and analysis of Suum Cuique by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7676 Blight Comments and analysis of Blight by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7607 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
7306 Alphonso Of Castile
6719 Dirge
6644 Uriel Comments and analysis of Uriel by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
6544 Berrying Comments and analysis of Berrying by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
6519 Mithridates Comments and analysis of Mithridates by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
6092 Days
6077 Give All to Love Comments and analysis of Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5888 The Barberry Bush Comments and analysis of The Barberry Bush by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
5283 Painting And Sculpture
4985 Tact
4913 The Problem
4849 Astræ
4817 The Sphynx Comments and analysis of The Sphynx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
4795 Saadi Comments and analysis of Saadi by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
4569 Ode To William H. Channing
4114 To Ellen, At The South
4081 The Forerunners
3976 Merlin I
3911 Merops Comments and analysis of Merops by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
3813 The Day's Ration
3694 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Ralph Waldo Emerson 4 Comments
3662 Etienne de la Boéce
3538 Monadnoc
3446 To J.W.
3382 Musketaquid
3279 Merlin II
1203 The Rhodora Comments and analysis of The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson 13 Comments
1143 Two Rivers Comments and analysis of Two Rivers by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment
1076 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 21 Comments
931 Fable Comments and analysis of Fable by Ralph Waldo Emerson 251 Comments
777 The Sphinx Comments and analysis of The Sphinx by Ralph Waldo Emerson 90 Comments
751 Bacchus Comments and analysis of Bacchus by Ralph Waldo Emerson 70 Comments
701 To Eva Comments and analysis of To Eva by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
689 Brahma Comments and analysis of Brahma by Ralph Waldo Emerson 230 Comments
508 The Park Comments and analysis of The Park by Ralph Waldo Emerson 3 Comments
425 Dæmonic Love Comments and analysis of Dæmonic Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson 5 Comments
368 Threnody
340 Musketaquid
325 Concord Hymn Comments and analysis of Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson 2 Comments
324 Sursum Corda Comments and analysis of Sursum Corda by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Comment


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