Emerson: Poems

Emerson: Poems

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson
     
 

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the best-loved figures in nineteenth-century American literature. Though he earned his central place in our culture as an essayist and philosopher, since his death his reputation as a poet has grown as well.

Known for challenging traditional thought and for his faith in the individual, Emerson was the chief spokesman for the

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the best-loved figures in nineteenth-century American literature. Though he earned his central place in our culture as an essayist and philosopher, since his death his reputation as a poet has grown as well.

Known for challenging traditional thought and for his faith in the individual, Emerson was the chief spokesman for the Transcendentalist movement. His poems speak to his most passionately held belief: that external authority should be disregarded in favor of one’s own experience. From the embattled farmers who “fired the shot heard round the world” in the stirring “Concord Hymn,” to the flower in “The Rhodora,” whose existence demonstrates “that if eyes were made for seeing, / Then Beauty is its own excuse for being,” Emerson celebrates the existence of the sublime in the human and in nature.

Combining intensity of feeling with his famous idealism, Emerson’s poems reveal a moving, more intimate side of the man revered as the Sage of Concord.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307823625
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/18/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803­—1882) was a renowned lecturer and writer, whose ideas on philosophy, religion, and literature influenced many writers, including Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. After an undergraduate career at Harvard, he studied at Harvard Divinity School and became an ordained minister, continuing a long line of ministers in his family. He traveled widely and lectured, and became well known for his publications Essays and Nature.

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Emerson 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blo<_>od pools <br> Gazing at my bloody hands and digging my toes into the bloo<_>dy sand. His scent still dragged in with the fans. Swirling in pools of hope and fate. I gazed at your eyes so full of hate. I wish i could be different, but instead i'm left to di<_>e, in my pools of bloo<_>d that were left to dry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ill die alone...and out of sight. Ill die alone, ill die tonight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emerson's works have changed lives. He's amazing.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As it was and is a gift, I just inspected the book not read it . The book seemed nice but these poems are not of my taste, therefore any further statement would be out of place