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  • Thoreau And Emerson
    816 words
    Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed perfect exhilaration. Almost I fear to think how glad I am. In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. Henry David Thoreau: Waldo Where I Lived, and What I Lived For I did not wish to live what was...
  • Emerson's Self Reliance
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    In Emerson's Self-Reliance we see the crowning work of the transcendentalist movement. In this piece Emerson explains his belief in the innate divinity of man and defines our 'Self-Reliance' as the broad identity in which we personally participate. Emerson challenges his readers to not conform to traditional practices in a variety of realms. However, he punctuates just four aspects of these challenges to tradition and they are: religion, education, art, and society. I found these passages to be ...
  • Emerson And Melville
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    The way I view the world has been greatly affected by my reading this semester. Thought I had read Emerson and Melville before, I never before was able to sound the depths of their work and fully appreciate it. This semester was my first real exposure to Whitman, as well. The best analogy for my new outlook is an image of the universe as a yin-yang; it is a complete, unbroken whole within which two polar opposites are constantly in conflict. But more significantly I have taken to heart the doctr...
  • Outlandish Idea Without Emerson's Ability To Structure
    716 words
    The essay "Self-Reliance", by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is a persuasive essay promoting the ways of transcendentalism. He uses this paper to advance a major point using a structure that helps his argument. In the paper, Emerson begins his concluding thoughts with a statement that greater self-reliance will bring a revolution. He then applies this idea to society and all of its aspects, including religion, education, and art. This brings Emerson to a new, more precise focus on how society never advanc...
  • Emerson's Individualism Ideas And People
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    Transcendentalism is the philosophy that reality cannot be known and the divine is the guiding principle in man. Transcendentalism says that the way to god is through yourself; your inner thoughts lead you to a spiritual reality. Transcendentalism is made up of four main ideas: idealism, optimism, religion, and individualism. In Emerson's essay 'Self Reliance,' he expresses his optimistic faith in the power of individual achievement and originality. He also considered the overarching need to dis...
  • Emerson's Use Of Rhyme
    850 words
    Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem, Each and All is a work that correlates and examines the relationships between various animate, and inanimate objects that exist on different levels of life. In order to modify and emphasize his points and ideas Emerson uses a variety of techniques, both conventional and unconventional poetic devices. Each and All is a poem that organizes and puts into perspective all aspects of life, including his own, while creating a unifying theme between beauty, truth, and spiritu...

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