Ralph waldo emerson and transcendentalism

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The Transcendentalist by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Yann Martel,

Your simultaneously inspiring and confounding The High Mountains of Portugal: A Novel made me want to read this simultaneously inspiring and confounding 10 page essay. I almost understood some of it and Im almost on to understanding some of your own literary motives now. Not quite, but almost.

Peace,
Doug

Amidst the downward tendency and proneness of things, when every voice is raised for a new road or another statute, or a subscription of stock, for an improvement in dress, or in dentistry, for a new house or a larger business, for a political party, or the division of an estate, will you not tolerate one or two solitary voices in the land, speaking for thoughts and principles not marketable or perishable? Soon these improvements and mechanical inventions will be superseded; these modes of living lost out of memory; these cities rotted, ruined by war, by new inventions, by new seats of trade, or the geologic changes: all gone, like the shells which sprinkle the seabeach with a white colony to-day, forever renewed to be forever destroyed. But the thoughts which these few hermits strove to proclaim by silence, as well as by speech, not only by what they did, but by what they forbore to do, shall abide in beauty and strength, to reorganize themselves in nature, to invest themselves anew in other, perhaps higher endowed and happier mixed clay than ours, in fuller union with the surrounding system.

- Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)

Ralph Waldo Emerson May 25, April 27, [5] was an American essayist, lecturer , philosopher , and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the midth century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1, 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 essay " Nature ". Emerson wrote most of his important essays as lectures first and then revised them for print. His first two collections of essays, Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series , represent the core of his thinking.

The Essential Emerson?

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in May as the fourth child in a family of eight and brought up in a family atmosphere supportive of hard work, moral discipline, and wholesome self-sacrifice. Seven of his ancestors were ministers, and his father, William Emerson, was minister of the First Church Unitarian of Boston. In Emerson graduated, at the age of 18, from Harvard where he had proved to be a popular, rather than a brilliant, student. Over the next three years he taught school in Boston in association with his brother William. This mode of life was, however, unsatisfactory to him and, feeling a spiritual calling, he entered Harvard Divinity School in with the view of becoming a minister. In October of the next year he was "approbated to preach" by the Middlesex Association of Ministers.

Transcendentalism is an American literary, philosophical, religious, and political movement of the early nineteenth century, centered around Ralph Waldo Emerson. Stimulated by English and German Romanticism, the Biblical criticism of Herder and Schleiermacher, and the skepticism of Hume, the transcendentalists operated with the sense that a new era was at hand. Emerson and Thoreau sought this relation in solitude amidst nature, and in their writing. By the s they, along with other transcendentalists, were engaged in the social experiments of Brook Farm, Fruitlands, and Walden; and, by the s in an increasingly urgent critique of American slavery. Most of the Unitarians held that Jesus was in some way inferior to God the Father but still greater than human beings; a few followed the English Unitarian Joseph Priestley in holding that Jesus was thoroughly human, although endowed with special authority. It was precisely on this ground, however, that the transcendentalists found fault with Unitarianism. Skepticism about religion was also engendered by the publication of an English translation of F.

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  4. Waldo Emerson is truly the center of the American transcendental movement, setting out most of its ideas and values in a little book, Nature, published in , that represented at least ten years of intense study in philosophy, religion, and literature, and in his First Series of essays.

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