Who is Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), who went by his middle name Waldo, was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and his ideology was disseminated through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature". Following this work, he gave a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered to be America's "inte...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Poems

  • Fragments On The Poet And The Poetic Gift
    I

    There are beggars in Iran and Araby,
    SAID was hungrier than all; ...
  • Nahant
    All day the waves assailed the rock,
    I heard no church-bell chime,
    The sea-beat scorns the minster clock
    And breaks the glass of Time....
  • September
    In the turbulent beauty
    Of a gusty Autumn day,
    Poet on a sunny headland
    Sighed his soul away. ...
  • Written At Rome
    Alone in Rome. Why, Rome is lonely too;--
    Besides, you need not be alone; the soul
    Shall have society of its own rank.
    Be great, be true, and all the Scipios, ...
  • Self-reliance
    Henceforth, please God, forever I forego
    The yoke of men's opinions. I will be
    Light-hearted as a bird, and live with God.
    I find him in the bottom of my heart, ...
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Nature 59 God 53 Sweet 53 Love 53 I Love You 53 Good 52 Never 51 Life 49 Heart 47 Earth 47


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Wealthydebonair: unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. ~ralph waldo emerson
Trainingmindful: “the invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.” ~ ralph waldo emerson
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1749

The waters chased him as he fled,
Not daring look behind-
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