Selected Essays

Selected Essays By Ralph Waldo Emerson, Selected Essays stern moral fiber His influence left its stamp on contemporary writers such as Thoreau Whitman and Emily Dickinson These essays radiate Emerson s sensitivity and wonder
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  • Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  • Selected Essays By Ralph Waldo Emerson, stern moral fiber His influence left its stamp on contemporary writers such as Thoreau, Whitman and Emily Dickinson These essays radiate Emerson s sensitivity and wonder.
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      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. Ok, here s the deal because I know I am in the minority This is just a really tough book to understand I tried really hard to follow it, but found myself getting lost often Emerson is a great writer, and when I was in highschool I did read some of his selections, but reading over 300 pages was pretty greulling There were some quotes that I really liked and connected with, but overall its not something that I enjoyed.One other negative was that the book I read was supposed to have interpretations [...]


    2. Reading Emerson with my Unitarian book group is interesting For them, he s not just an entry in the American literary canon he might just hold the answers to some of life s questions It s an unusual approach for me, but refreshing Reminds me of my freshman year of college, when I read Plato and Dante and Machiavelli not to analyze and criticize, but for their potential truth value.In the end, though, I remain deeply suspicious of the early Emerson, and particularly his belief in a universal tran [...]


    3. I read this book many years ago when barely a teenager Recently I noticed it on my mother s bookshelf and decided to refresh my memory by reading it again I was surprised to realize these essays probably helped to shape my thinking and beliefs That is not a bad thing.


    4. Self Reliance , Divinity School Address , and The Over Soul.I can t say Emerson s essays endear him to me at all His system of thought is hopelessly na f, and his aphoristic style is a double edged sword in a way it makes for elegant, declamatory prose, but it also leads to misinterpretation of the sort that Captain Ahab uses to justify a monomaniacal pursuit And relevant to our modern times, people justify their egomania with out of context pithy little statements.


    5. Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the fathers of the American spirit, not crafting its bill of rights or structure of government, but in defining individuality, pragmatism and spirituality for a new country built on people escaping the old The seminal essay, On Self Reliance, is worth the price of this book alone, as it echoes everything our mothers told us as kids but the rub is, this is where they got it It is not the hardest edged philosophy, Hell, anyone can read this and make sense of it, but [...]


    6. e book project gutenberg text is from the 1907edition by Charles E Merrill Co, New York, ed by Edna H.L Turpin It s a textbook with 275 pages and includes a variety of essays and some biographical historical context and information Life of Emerson Critical opinions Chronological list of principal works The American Scholar Compensation Self Reliance Friendship Heroism Manners Gifts Nature Shakespeare or the Poet Prudence Circles I enjoyed this a lot, much than I thought I would I had downloaded [...]


    7. Emerson s popular essays are rather astounding I think he is one of those writers whose popular work really is his goodwork the less popular stuff comes off as didactic and repetitive My favorites John Brown, Self Relaince, American Scholar, and The Poet The Poet in particular is interesting in how Emerson equates the figure of the poet to beauty and naming and also speaks of the poet as having godlike qualities But, Emerson quotes his own poetry three times in this essay


    8. One of the great tragedies of my grad school experience was that I read so many excellent books so quickly that I can t remember much of them except that they were good Someone with my handwriting has written thoughtful comments all over the margins of this book, but I couldn t tell you the first thing about Emerson except perhaps that beauty and nature are good, and one should be true to oneself Did I get that right, Mr Emerson




    9. Mr Emerson is one of my favorite authors, and has been since the early 1980s His style is direct and enlightening, and you ll get a great view of religion in New England in the early 1800s.


    10. I am always referring back to these wonderful essays time and time again Self Reliance is still one of my favorites



    11. Beautiful, essential American prose Emerson holds such strong opinions about everything, and he was probably a real pain in person, but he sure can write a compelling essay.


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