A Biography Of Ralph Waldo Emerson - 358 words
One of Americas most influential thinkers and authors was Ralph Waldo Emerson. Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston on May 25, 1803. Emerson's dad died when he was only eight, which forced his mom to take in boarders to support the family's needs. When Emerson was only 14, he entered Harvard, where he ran became a sort of secretary for the president of the university. When he graduated Harvard, at age 18, he became a teacher. When he got tired or teaching, he enrolled in the Divinity School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to become a preacher. After his graduation of the Divinity School, he started his minister career as a guest speaker at local churches. Three years after his graduation, he ...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1,221 words
Perfectionism, as defined in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, is the "quality or state of being saintly and perfect as a freedom from fault or defect, as well as an exemplification of supreme excellence and an unsurpassable degree of accuracy. There are many times in a person's life when they must gain perfection in order to be complete. Ralph Waldo Emerson explains his perfection of soul in his famous essay "Self-Reliance". Emerson was born in 1803 in Massachusetts. He graduated and became a minister. "Emerson left his pastorate because of doctrinal disputes with his superiors".(www2.lucidcafe.com) He decided to take a year and a half off and travel to Europe. While in Europe, he ...
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Response To 'self-reliance' By Ralph Waldo Emerson - 862 words
I believe that, essentially, life consists of a series of choices. A grouping of these choices in one direction or another makes us who we are, and ultimately we have control over our lives. What makes one person different from another is his own set of choices. When going through lifes motions, we develop certain worldviews and ideas and values to live by. We develop an opinion of what makes a person great. In the well-known essay Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson provides a beautiful way of approaching these choices, and he reveals a very inspiring set of values centralized around going through life answering only to yourself. I love the way Emerson evaluates the society we live in, and h ...
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Emily Dickinson - 1,298 words
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet of the nineteenth century. She was one of the greatest masters of the short lyric poem. Not much is known about her life, but what is known is unusual and interesting. Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December tenth, eighteen hundred thirty, to a prominent family. [ 9. http://www.kutztown.edu/faculty/ reagan/*censored*inson.html ] She was the second child of three children. Her grandfather, Samuel Dickinson, was one of the founders of the Amherst College. Edward Dickinson, her father, held several political positions. He was on the General Court of Massachusetts, Massachusetts State Senate, and United States House Representa ...
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Louisa May Alcott - 599 words
Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, PA, on Nov. 29, 1832, and she was the second daughter of Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott. She had an older sister Anna and two younger sisters Elizabeth and May. The family moved to Boston, MA in 1834, where her father set up an experimental school that failed because of the lack of students. Since the Alcotts were relatively poor, Ralph Waldo Emerson financially supported them while they moved to Concord, MA. Amos and Abigail were both progressive educators and part of the Transcendental Movement in America so they instructed Louisa and her three sisters in this progressive educational style. Her father advised Louisa to keep a journal. She bega ...
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Nathaniel Hawthorne The Literary Conscience - 1,490 words
Nathaniel Hawthornes works established him as one of the most unique authors of the 19th century. With works such as The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne not only entertained his audience, he made them look at their own life and compare it to 17th century Puritan New England. He also brought readers to the realization of how harsh and difficult the period of American History was. Hawthornes unique style of writing and his ability to probe deep into the human conscience made him one of Early Americas most greatly admired authors. The Hawthornes had already left their legacy with the town of Salem leaving Nathaniel Hawthorne a long rich history of ancestry in the town. In 1630, William Hawthorne made ...
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Henry David Thoreau - 1,443 words
Born David Henry Thoreau, Thoreau chose to legally change his name at the age of twenty, to make it the name that would later become the highly recognized and respected name of Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau chose a different path for his life than many other individuals during his time, he rejected the normal ideas of a democratic government and based his life on the ideas of transcendentalism. Thoreau is best known for living two years of his life at Walden Pond, but there are more aspects of his life that have reached the people of America. When Thoreau was a young child, he deeply immersed himself in nature. It was evident to his elders that he took a great interest in literature and writi ...
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Tn American Literature, Romanticism came during the New England Literary movement called Transcendentalism. "Transcendentalism is a belief in spiritual truth beyond sense perception and material success." It is said to be a theory that highlights the transcendent as the realistic reality. In other words, this is a philosophy asserting the superiority of the spiritual and transcendental over the material and experimental. "During the 1 9th century, Transcendentalism was a react ion ag~inst scientific rationalism." Transcendentalists were against material success and discarded any control except that of the individual conscience. There are many qualities associ~'i1cd with Romanticism/American ...
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Walden - 1,060 words
Walden , or Life in the Woods was written during Henry David Thoreaus stay at Walden Pond, an excursion that lasted over two years. It was here that Thoreau conducted his experiment with life. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. (Thoreau 835) Walden, or Life in the Woods is a well-known book admired for its meaning. The thing that was so enticing about this story was the knowing of its development. When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a ...
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Self Reliance By Emerson - 455 words
Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson The quote that most provoked thought and emotion from within me comes from the essay "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. "To be great is to be misunderstood" was used by Emerson to explain the lagging growth of the conception of ideas and thoughts of his generation. Original and novel ideas were scorned by conservatives who believed the best method for learning was by repetition and memorization of proven classics written by previous generations. The continuing timelessness of his quote is still in effect today as the scientific community has evolved to accept unaccustomed theories, yet encounters difficulty when relating to the public new and extreme ...
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Trancendentalist Ideas - 527 words
The great transcendentalist had ideas and thoughts that were, at the time, thought to be crazy. Both Emerson and Thoreau focused on not being a follower and doing wheat you believe is right. Self-Reliance, Civil Disobedience, Walden, and The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail all show this idea, which all transcendentalists had at that time. Self-Reliance by Waldo Emerson shows many ideas of the transcendentalist however two ideas seem emphasized. Right away he says people should not be followers. envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide(Emerson 366). Also he says people should do what they think is right. Trust thyself, every heart vibrates to that iron string(Emerson 366). Civil Disobedience ...
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Transendentalism Through Franklin Emerson And Thoreau - 1,887 words
Daniel Higgins September13, 2000 Transcending Life by Adapting the Concepts of Franklin, Emerson, and Thoreau Everyone one of us struggles daily to survive in a manner befitting our individual beliefs, hopes, aspirations, dreams, and goals. There is not a universal code on how exactly we should go about doing this. Benjamin Franklin, Henry Thoreau, and Waldo Emerson were some of the most unique thinkers influencing the way of thinking in America. Their concepts where simplistic in nature, with underlying themes based on Transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is defined as an individual transcending their senses and gaining a better understanding of beauty, good, and truth through activities su ...
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Symbolism In The Birthmark - 1,010 words
There have been many writers who have astonished the literary world with their configuration of short stories, but none of them have perfected the art as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne wrote in a time period when Fredrick Douglas was paving the road to racial freedom, Ralph Waldo Emerson wanted to world to be seen through the transparent eyeball, and Henry David Thoreau was living the unfettered life. In comparison to the modern writings of his time, Hawthornes style was viewed as outdated; nonetheless, Hawthorne addressed modern issues in the symbols and themes of his stories. Through the use of symbols and themes, the short story, The Birthmark, is the best example of Hawthorne rep ...
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Reform In The Age Of Jackson - 2,169 words
From about 1825 until the outbreak of the civil war in 1861, the atmosphere in the nation was one of reform (Boardman, 122). There were five major reform movements present in 19th century America. There was the Utopianism/Communitarian Movement, which established an ideal society away from present politics. Educational reforms were important in the fact of creating taxes to support the public school system, higher education for adults, and mandatory education and attendance. The Temperance Movement preached of abstinence from alcohol and the Womans Rights Movement was to improve the life of women politically, socially, and economically. It also included the strive for womens suffrage rights. ...
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The American Scholar - 1,412 words
According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American Scholar is one whose individual character is split. The Emersonian character is made up of many different parts, therefore influenced by several aspects of everyday life. As Emerson states, Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier. In the divided or social state, these functions are parceled out to individuals, each of whom aims to do his stint of the joint work, whilst each other performs his (294). One can easily relate ones own life to each of these characteristics as it is evident what Emerson is stating. As man is both one of each person, he is all of them combined. As Emerson describes the influences on man as p ...
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Lincoln - 1,086 words
In Mexico City there is a mural by Diego Rivera which depicts Hernando Cortez as a one-eyed syphilitic hunchback. What this lacks in historical accuracy it makes up for by faithfully reflecting the artist's attitude toward the conquistadors. We are repeatedly told on public television that Lincoln was a clearly heroic figure. If heroism is measured by the size of the pile of corpses a man leaves behind, this is correct. We must not let our emotions deprive us of objectivity. Lincoln was neither one-eyed, hunchbacked nor syphilitic but on the other hand, he never deserved the name of "Honest Abe". Like some other politicians, maybe all politicians, he spoke with a forked tongue. Lincoln came ...
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Friendship - 1,031 words
There are many valuable things in life, but friendship may be one of the most important. To live life without the experience of friendship, is life without living. Human interaction is a necessity to survival, but developed friendships are an essential to the successful well being of anyone. Based upon the American Heritage Dictionary, the definition of a friend is, A person whom one knows, likes and trusts. But to all, Friendship has no defined terminology. The definition of a friend, and friendship, is based upon oneselfs own notions. Many people look for different characteristics in friends, things that may be common in nature. There are many different types of friends that a person needs ...
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American Transcendentalism - 389 words
Transcendentalism as espoused by Ralph Waldo Emerson is essen tially an idealist philosophy, derived from Kant's concept of the Tran scendental and opposed to the skepticism of Locke and the Empiricists. In the essay The Transcendentalist, Emerson wrote, "[Kant showed] that there was a very important class of ideas or imperative forms, which do not come by experience, but through which experience was acquired; that these were intuitions of the mind itself; and he denominated them Tran scendental forms."1 According to Emerson's understanding of Kant, Transcendentalism becomes a union of solipsism, under which the only verifiable reality is thought to be the self, and materialism, under which ...
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Poetry Is - 1,597 words
In what sense and how far is the genius master of his madness? For it goes without saying that to a certain degree he is master of it, since otherwise he would be actually a madman. For such observations, however, ingenuity in a high degree is requisite, and love; for to make observation upon a superior mind is very difficult. --Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling Madness in great ones must not unwatch'd go. Poetry is not inspiration. Poetry is neither reasonable, irrational, or a result of some sort of mania. Poetry is language through which the writer affects and as a result the reader is affected. Within this, one finds a cause and effect relationship. Plato, in Ion, refers to the poet as, "a ...
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Romantic Period - 1,734 words
Romanticism (literature), a movement in the literature of virtually every country of Europe, the United States, and Latin America that lasted from about 1750 to about 1870, characterized by reliance on the imagination and subjectivity of approach, freedom of thought and expression, and an idealization of nature. The term romantic first appeared in 18th-century English and originally meant "romancelike"that is, resembling the fanciful character of medieval romances. By the late 18th century in France and Germany, literary taste began to turn from classical and neoclassical conventions. Inspiration for the romantic approach initially came from two great shapers of thought, French philosopher J ...
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