It does not need that a poem should be long. We ascend into their region, and know that these are the thoughts of the Supreme Being. We cannot choose but love them. Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable.
Truth, and goodness, and beauty, are but different faces of the same All. What noble emotions dilate the mortal as he enters into the counsels of the creation, and feels by knowledge the privilege to BE! And neither can man be understood without these objects, nor these objects without man.
For, of the soul, the body form doth take, For soul is form, and doth the body make. When the book was first published, Whitman sent a copy to Emerson, whose letter in response helped launch the book to success.
The granite is differenced in its laws only by the more or less of heat, from the river that wears it away. He forges the subtile and delicate air into wise and melodious words, and gives them wing as angels of persuasion and command.
But when a faithful thinker, resolute to detach every object from personal relations, and see it in the light of thought, shall, at the same time, kindle science with the fire of the holiest affections, then will God go forth anew into the creation.
Who can estimate this? Known in the local literary circle as "The Sage of Concord," Emerson became the chief spokesman for Transcendentalism, the American philosophic and literary movement. But who can set limits to the remedial force of spirit? Intellectual science has been observed to beget invariably a doubt of the existence of matter.
The vocabulary of an omniscient man would embrace words and images excluded from polite conversation. The piety of the Hebrew prophets purges their grossness. Oftener it falls, that this winged man, who will carry me into the heaven, whirls me into the clouds, then leaps and frisks about with me from cloud to cloud, still affirming that he is bound heavenward; and I, being myself a novice, and slow in perceiving that he does not know the way into the heavens, and is merely bent that I should admire his skill to rise, like a flow or a flying fish, a little way from the ground or the water; but the all-piercing, all-feeding, and ocular air of heaven, that man shall never inhabit.
In like manner, the memorable words of history, and the proverbs of nations, consist usually of a natural fact, selected as a picture or parable of a moral truth.
Sensible objects conform to the premonitions of Reason and reflect the conscience. A Magazine for Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable.
We are, like Nebuchadnezzar, dethroned, bereft of reason, and eating grass like an ox. The remotest spaces of nature are visited, and the farthest sundered things are brought together, by a subtle spiritual connection. It is a perpetual effect. How gladly we listened!
He cannot be a naturalist, until he satisfies all the demands of the spirit. Its serene order is inviolable by us. These stand and wait to render him a peculiar service.
There is no object so foul that intense light will not make beautiful.
Idealism sees the world in God.Ralph Waldo Emerson( - ) Emerson's father was a Unitarian minister who died leaving his son to be brought up by his mother and aunt. Educated at Harvard, Emerson began writing journals. Lecturer, poet, essayist, and lapsed Unitarian minister, Ralph Waldo Emerson lived during a time of intellectual blossoming in America and was associated with the transcendentalist movement.
Emerson was born inthe son of a Unitarian minister, and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. The Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson () A moody child and wildly wise Pursued the game with joyful eyes, Which chose, like meteors, their way, And rived the dark with private ray: They overleapt the horizon's edge, Searched with Apollo's privilege; Through man, and woman, and sea, and star.
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Self-Reliance () Emerson is the seminal intellectual, philosophical voice of the nineteenth century in America. Although readers today may find his thought slightly facile, even unrealistic Self-Reliance Ralph Waldo Emerson \Ne te quaesiveris extra." \Man is his own star; and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man, Commands all light, all in.
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First The epigraphs that open the essay are Emerson's. The "moody child" described in the first epigraph prefigures the essential qualities of .Download