Selected Writings

Selected Writings Standing on the bare ground my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space all mean egotism vanishes Emerson wrote in Nature his statement of the principles of transcendentalism I

  • Title: Selected Writings
  • Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • ISBN: 9780679641421
  • Page: 398
  • Format: ebook
  • Standing on the bare ground my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space all mean egotism vanishes, Emerson wrote in Nature, his statement of the principles of transcendentalism I become a transparent eyeball Nature, published in 1836 when Emerson was thirty three, is collected here with his book of observations on the English people a famous Standing on the bare ground my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space all mean egotism vanishes, Emerson wrote in Nature, his statement of the principles of transcendentalism I become a transparent eyeball Nature, published in 1836 when Emerson was thirty three, is collected here with his book of observations on the English people a famous sermon against administering communion in church a sketch of his step grandfather the eulogy he delivered at the funeral of his Concord friend and neighbor Henry David Thoreau twenty three poems and addresses, lectures, and essays on such subjects as slavery, self reliance, and organized Christianity s obsession with the person of Jesus Emerson called transcendentalism another word for idealism hypothesis to account for nature by other principles than those of carpentry and chemistry Considered intensely radical at a time when materialism and a rigid form of Christianity were ascendant, he urged Americans to enjoy an original relation to the universe These selections span Emerson s career as author and traveling lecturer, and chart his evolving thought the concepts of the over soul, individualism without egotism, and antimaterialism a belief in intuition, independence, and the splendid labyrinth of one s own perceptions.

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    in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston Educated at Harvard and the Cambridge Divinity School, he became a Unitarian minister in 1826 at the Second Church Unitarian The congregation, with Christian overtones, issued communion, something Emerson refused to do Really, it is beyond my comprehension, Emerson once said, when asked by a seminary professor whether he believed in God Quoted in 2,000 Years of Freethought edited by Jim Haught By 1832, after the untimely death of his first wife, Emerson cut loose from Unitarianism During a year long trip to Europe, Emerson became acquainted with such intelligentsia as British writer Thomas Carlyle, and poets Wordsworth and Coleridge He returned to the United States in 1833, to a life as poet, writer and lecturer Emerson inspired Transcendentalism, although never adopting the label himself He rejected traditional ideas of deity in favor of an Over Soul or Form of Good, ideas which were considered highly heretical His books include Nature 1836 , The American Scholar 1837 , Divinity School Address 1838 , Essays, 2 vol 1841, 1844 , Nature, Addresses and Lectures 1849 , and three volumes of poetry Margaret Fuller became one of his disciples, as did Henry David Thoreau.The best of Emerson s rather wordy writing survives as epigrams, such as the famous A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines Other one and two liners include As men s prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect Self Reliance, 1841 The most tedious of all discourses are on the subject of the Supreme Being Journal, 1836 The word miracle, as pronounced by Christian churches, gives a false impression it is a monster It is not one with the blowing clover and the falling rain Address to Harvard Divinity College, July 15, 1838 He demolished the right wing hypocrites of his era in his essay Worship the louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons Conduct of Life, 1860 I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship Self Reliance The first and last lesson of religion is, The things that are seen are temporal the things that are not seen are eternal It puts an affront upon nature English Traits , 1856 The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant Civilization, 1862 He influenced generations of Americans, from his friend Henry David Thoreau to John Dewey, and in Europe, Friedrich Nietzsche, who takes up such Emersonian themes as power, fate, the uses of poetry and history, and the critique of Christianity D 1882.Ralph Waldo Emerson was his son and Waldo Emerson Forbes, his grandson More rwe platoanford entries emeanscendentalism legacy.tamu.enpedia wiki Ralph_Wapoets poetp prmPID 201pbs wnet ihas poet emeography people ralphine literature emeremersoncentral

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  • People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.I expect most people read Emerson in college, which I suppose is the perfect time to do so. The man seems constantly to be speaking to the young, wide-eyed, enthusiastic, hopeful liberal arts major in me. There’s just something wonderfully youthful about Emerson’s attitude; he never grew out of that adolescent feeling of omnipotence, that we can all recreate the world if we are just authentically ourselves. This sounds [...]


  • This was pretty good, but it was a little bit like being in a hallmark store. About every third paragraph an aphorism jumps out and tries to make me buy an inspirational coffee cup. Hallmark should include the subversive context on their calendars


  • Pretty much a mood read for me. Philosophical renderings on self reliance and dependence at the lowest level, the individual. A good choice for reading for long stretches of uninterrupted time.


  • The book's in two parts: Journals and Letters, and Essays and Addresses. I've only read the first part so far, but intend to return the second "someday".Anyway, I enjoyed the first part. Many of the entries are fairly short, and I couldn't help but think about twitter/blogs.p. 41: Satisfaction with our lot is not consistent with the intentions of God & with our nature. It is our duty to aim at change, at improvement, at perfection. It is our duty to be discontented, with the measure we have [...]


  • 63:July 21, 1837Courage consists in the conviction that they with whom you co tend are no more than you. If we believed in the existence of strict individuals (itl), natures, that is, not radically identical but unknown, immeasurable, we should never dare fight.The American Scholar 69 - One must be an inventor to read well. 72 Character is higher than intellect.78 Give me insight into today . . . the near explains the far.79 The scholar is decent, indolent, complaisant. See already the tragic co [...]


  • I was glad to start this anthology of Emerson's writings with the journal entries, the least challenging entry point. It eased me into his 19th century style of writing and thought and well-prepared me for the essays and lectures that followed, which are the real joy and benefit of Emerson's work. Emerson's view of a larger, fluid universal soul that contains all is a comforting one for this secular humanist. It contains the benefits of most religious beliefs without the problematic parts (insti [...]


  • From very early on, I have had an affinity for Emerson and his at-times complex, yet remarkably simple and poignant ideas and explanations. Without question, Self-Reliance, played an integral part in my life. This books contains some of his most powerful. Said he, "whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an e [...]


  • 4 months and 930pp later, I put this to bed. What's worth returning to? Essays Vols 1 & 2 (esp. Self Reliance, Experience, Friendship, Circles, Nature), the eulogy for Thoreau and that for John Brown, the American Scholar, The Div School Address, The Transcendentalist, The Lord's Supper, a handful of poems. His study of English traits is the most fun read in the collection. The representative Representative Men and Conduct of Life essays are kinda boring. Most of the poems are not that great [...]


  • Growing up in Boston served as fertile ground for connecting with great 19th century writers who lived and created in the area. I am fond of the transcendentalist movement, his great poetry, and superbly written essays. His essay on friendship should be taught to all who truly want to have friends in their lifetime. "To make ones life breathe easier is to have succeeded". A great contribution to literature and philosophy.


  • Emerson is hard to read. I only read Nature and Self-Reliance, but both were excellent essays, and both contributed much to my view of the world. Nature is probably one of the hardest essays in the book, but it is well worth the thinking required to get through it. You will have to do some rereading, but that's just a sign of good literature. I also had a professor try to quiz me on Nature once. That's just mean, please don't do that to anyone. I love Emerson, and I hope you do, too.


  • Mr. Emerson made his writing so descriptive and personal that I was able to garner a vicarious experience of early to mid 19th century American culture. It was interesting to watch Emerson allow age and life experience to change him from an idealistic religious romantic to a full-blown cynic still hanging on to minuscule religious rooting convictions.


  • A lot of his philosophy is really beautiful (if sometimes outdatedly a bit racist/sexist), but I enjoyed the excerpts from his journals at the beginning more than any of the crafted pieces. I think he must have been a wonderful speaker.


  • This was used in my 400-level American Transcendentalist class in college; nice selection and very good supporting material in the book.


  • Thoroughly enjoyed this compilation of Emerson's notes and diary entries as he evolved into the amazing man he was, revered as one of the world's greatest thinkers in his lifetime.


  • I really love some messages in this book but it just doesn't flow well. Something I will have to come back to in the future.


  • read just one essay called Self Reliance but I'd be willing to read the rest of them. some texts just move you in a very positive way.:)


  • so as I stumble clumsily through Whitman's Leaves of Grass, I decided to back up a bit, to one of Whitman's first encouragers=Emerson.



  • Honestly, I didn't like reading Emerson. I feel pressure to give this a 3 rating because of his acclaim (by others).


  • This book is really hard to read, but it was very enjoyable. The meaning of the essays are very deep and memorable. Emerson must have been a genius in his time.



  • Very nice. Not something you'd be hooked to and will think of over and over but overall Emerson's language and ideas are so beautiful, and some of the writing in there is just brilliant.


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