About Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who was one of the foremost exponents of the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-nineteenth century. His beliefs and his idealism were strong influences on the work of his protégé, Henry David Thoreau, and his contemporary, Walt Whitman, as well as numerous others.

“Concord Hymn”

By |2017-06-12T14:06:23-05:00April 19th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Poetry|

"Hymn: Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836" By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. The foe long since in silence slept; Alike the conqueror silent sleeps; And Time the [...]


By |2017-06-13T16:37:14-05:00April 10th, 2016|Categories: Poetry|

It is time to be old, To take in sail:— The god of bounds, Who sets to seas a shore, Came to me in his fatal rounds, And said: “No more! No farther spread Thy broad ambitious branches, and thy root. Fancy departs: no more invent, Contract thy firmament To compass of a tent. [...]


By |2015-03-02T17:33:40-06:00March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Nature|

A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of Beauty. The ancient Greeks called the world {kosmos}, beauty. Such is the constitution of all things, or such the plastic power of the human eye, that the primary forms, as the sky, the mountain, the tree, the animal, give us a delight [...]

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