Essays and Poems

Essays and Poems Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson is part of the Barnes Noble Classics series which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarsh

Essays and Poems, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is part of the Barnes Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes Noble Classics New introductions commissioned fromEssays and Poems, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is part of the Barnes Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes Noble Classics New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholarsBiographies of the authorsChronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural eventsFootnotes and endnotesSelective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the workComments by other famous authorsStudy questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectationsBibliographies for further readingIndices Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest Barnes Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works As an adolescent America searched for its unique identity among the nations of the world, a number of thinkers and writers emerged eager to share their vision of what the American character could be Among their leaders was Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose essays, lectures, and poems defined the American transcendentalist movemen

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Essays and Poems

  1. in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston Educated at Harvard and the Cambridge Divinity School, he became a Unitarian minister in 1826 at the Second Church Unitarian The congregation, with Christian overtones, issued communion, something Emerson refused to do Really, it is beyond my comprehension, Emerson once said, when asked by a seminary professor whether he believed in God Quoted in 2,000 Years of Freethought edited by Jim Haught By 1832, after the untimely death of his first wife, Emerson cut loose from Unitarianism During a year long trip to Europe, Emerson became acquainted with such intelligentsia as British writer Thomas Carlyle, and poets Wordsworth and Coleridge He returned to the United States in 1833, to a life as poet, writer and lecturer Emerson inspired Transcendentalism, although never adopting the label himself He rejected traditional ideas of deity in favor of an Over Soul or Form of Good, ideas which were considered highly heretical His books include Nature 1836 , The American Scholar 1837 , Divinity School Address 1838 , Essays, 2 vol 1841, 1844 , Nature, Addresses and Lectures 1849 , and three volumes of poetry Margaret Fuller became one of his disciples, as did Henry David Thoreau.The best of Emerson s rather wordy writing survives as epigrams, such as the famous A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines Other one and two liners include As men s prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect Self Reliance, 1841 The most tedious of all discourses are on the subject of the Supreme Being Journal, 1836 The word miracle, as pronounced by Christian churches, gives a false impression it is a monster It is not one with the blowing clover and the falling rain Address to Harvard Divinity College, July 15, 1838 He demolished the right wing hypocrites of his era in his essay Worship the louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons Conduct of Life, 1860 I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship Self Reliance The first and last lesson of religion is, The things that are seen are temporal the things that are not seen are eternal It puts an affront upon nature English Traits , 1856 The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant Civilization, 1862 He influenced generations of Americans, from his friend Henry David Thoreau to John Dewey, and in Europe, Friedrich Nietzsche, who takes up such Emersonian themes as power, fate, the uses of poetry and history, and the critique of Christianity D 1882.Ralph Waldo Emerson was his son and Waldo Emerson Forbes, his grandson More rwe platoanford entries emeanscendentalism legacy.tamu.enpedia wiki Ralph_Wapoets poetp prmPID 201pbs wnet ihas poet emeography people ralphine literature emeremersoncentral

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  1. Book Review I had read Emerson s works once before and I hated it at first reaction always Well, I decided to read it thoroughly and try to understand it I was utterly amazed He had such profound and wonderful things to say I honestly was deeply touched I decided to write down everything I got from his piece It is in very fragmented thoughts, so it may not be in grammatically correct sentences Well, here goes Look through our eyes today and not through someone s from the past All questions have [...]



  2. This is astounding There is a reason why Emerson s words show up on everything from bookmarks to refridgerator magnets They re pristine and profound Some of these essays will stay with you long after you read them, as they reach far into your head and heart and demand you to be honest with yourself The poetry is a little less, but still far reaching.This is astounding There is a reason why Emerson s words show up on everything from bookmarks to refridgerator magnets They re pristine and profound [...]


  3. I love Emerson I love these cheap Barnes and Noble paperbacks too I keep a nice hardcover to be shelved and read from time to time and I keep this one to highlight, underline, dog ear, etc etc This book which has filled a segment of my mind and which now bears the marks and wear of my mind, feels as though it is a part of my mind.


  4. I first read Emerson in an American Literature course and immediately fell in love I m a big fan of nature so the transcendentalist view attracted my attention Emerson uses very intense vocabulary and sentence structure, but once you spend the time to read things slowly you can decipher so much meaning in his writing His work is an example of how I hope to write in the future, full of knowledge, experience and eloquence He gave me an entire new appreciation for nature, making me reconsider even [...]


  5. Emerson is an American prophet and is the genius behind the Transcendentalist movement He foresaw the spiritual renaissance, the direction that America was heading in and was ahead of his time in how he saw religion as opposed to how the masses saw it as were all the Transcendentalists with him Unfortunately, his writing suffers from his overwrought style It just does not hold up and is cumbersome, very difficult to get through Where his genius really comes through is where it is tightly woven, [...]


  6. I feel that nothing can befall me in life no disgrace, no calamity leaving me my eyes which nature cannot repair Standing on the bare ground my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite spaces all mean egoitism vanishes However, To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature Most persons do not see the sun At least they have a very superficial seeing The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child The lover of nature is he whose inwar [...]


  7. Emerson wrote some delightful poetry, and I d recommend it to anyone who stopped after the obligatory 11th grade Self Reliance homework assignment His essays and lectures sermons, which he s mainly known for, are required, too not only for their historic role, but also for how they still resonate But every so often, when seeing terms like Over Soul, Man Thinking, and Species reflecting on itself, I can t stop my eyes from crossing and feeling like I m going up in a balloon So five stars for the [...]





  8. From Self Reliance There is one mind common among all men I would write on the lintels of my doorpost Whim No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature May 2009 inscription I fell for this month and have constructed an entire imaginary future is this wrong to entertain Frustrating, yes, but wrong I look at and know I really do like being with him, but want too.August 2009 inscription and I went on a scooter trip on Friday to start the perfect long weekend with a perfect day It was sunny, a f [...]


  9. .Confida in te stesso ogni cuore vibra a una tale corda di ferro Accetta il posto che il divino provvedere ha trovato per tela societ dei tuoi contemporanei la connessione degli eventi Gli uomini grandi sempre fecero cos e affidarono se stessi fanciullescamente al genio della loro et testimoniandola loro percezione che l assolutamente affidabile aveva preso posto nei loro cuori operando attraverso le loro mani prendendo possesso di tutto il loro essere E siamo ora anche noi uomini e dobbiamo acc [...]


  10. Great excerpts from his speeches on the evolution of man s skill, the inspiration and limitation of books, the importance of direct experience, how memories evolve with time, trusting our instincts and being ourselves To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius Insist on yourself never imitate Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life s cultivation but of the adopted talent [...]


  11. Emerson was a spineless opportunist who took ideas from everyone with whom he was ever in contact His verse is uninspiring and his prose is convolutedWhile I don t deny his ideas were crucial in the shaping of the American identity, I believe the Emersonian tradition of self reliance contributed to the capitalist nightmare we have to deal with today Also, his ideas about feminism are upsetting he only seemed to be concerned with how women on equal footing with men would be beneficial for men, in [...]


  12. Emerson is at once thoroughly engrossing and repetitively dull He waxes on, quite often, my about simplicity and straightforwardness in what feels like needlessly obtuse rhetoric Whether it is simply the distinction in time between he and I or a genuine irony in his prose is difficult to say Regardless, he is definitely a brilliant mind seeking desperately to sink the literary geist into the American tradition He foreshadows Melville, Hawthorne, Twain, and Whitman as the pioneering settlers of t [...]


  13. While these essays definitely take a bit of effort to read, they are well worth it I read this on and off over a period of a year or so I appreciated that it was easy to pick up, read an essay, and then come back to it later when I had the time There were so many wonderful bits of knowledge and deep insights included in this book I found myself constantly underlining things I read and thinking about the ideas throughout the day Emerson is one of the few classic writers that deserves the label A [...]


  14. I don t know if I can actually classify this book as read , since I just couldn t get through it and abandoned it after a week I really tried, but 30 pages into the first essay and I couldn t tell ya what I just read So, I skipped to the next one and only made it 5 pages in before I flipped to the poetry Poetry may not be my thing It was so abstract and boring to me that I just put this one down Sorry Mr Emerson


  15. Emerson has alot to say Unfortunately, He has too much to say and his writing speeches are convoluted and difficult to follow He is so discursive that I often wondered what subject he was addressing No doubt of his intelligence crazy genius and while he uses reason, his in depth expositions are like blather This book took me 7 months to finish, I read 40 other books while avoiding this one.


  16. If RW were alive today, he d be a bestselling self help guru This book is fantastic There are some lesser known essays in this book that are excellent One such essay is called Illusions Self reliance is a classic essay as is Nature Power is very interesting as well.I m not much for Ralph s poetry but he sure could write an amazing essay


  17. I am biased and totally in love with Ralph Waldo Emerson Everything he thinks and puts down into words hits home with me Truly life changing in its simplicity and understanding of the world around us I have read nearly everything he has ever written and some of it multiple times If I had to recommend specific essays they would be Circles and The Over Soul.


  18. I have second edition copies of Emerson essays They re all heavy reads and require critical thinking essays are not my forte but I find them moving and necessary reads for all The mark of a good piece of writing is whether it makes you look deeper into yourself Emerson s writing does that for me.


  19. Almost certainly my desert island book I first read Emerson in college and have returned to him or less annually ever since Returning again to him this past summer was an invigorating experience Those new to Emerson should start with The American Scholar.


  20. I read Self Reliance and Experience for my Modern PostModern MOOC course from Wesleyan Emerson is as relevant today as he was then To thine own self be trueNo that was Shakespeare Well, these are universals but it s good to have it all spelled out for you It helps you look at yourself.


  21. In school I just learned about Ralph Waldo Emerson the poet They never taught about him as a thinker and philosopher This book was amazing The man was an absolute genius I highly recommend reading this to gain a wider vision of life.


  22. Every single word In this BOOK by Ralph is truely magical and touched my soul too.Everey one like me can learn a true meaning of all expressions and feelings in its best way


  23. Emerson s writings are clear and, like fellow transcendentalist naturalist Henry David Thoreau, chock full of wisdom.


  24. I ve read several essays already, and I must admit, he is quite a form of genius Nature , being the longest, is one of the most thought provoking of all of them.




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