Email this page Introduction 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. He left the church after the death of his first wife to tuberculosis, when he coincidentally experienced a crisis of faith in which he questioned the ceremonies of the church service.
William Emersona Unitarian minister. He first went to Charleston, South Carolinabut found the weather was still too cold.
Augustine, Floridawhere he took long walks on the beach and began writing poetry. The two engaged in enlightening discussions of religion, society, philosophy, and government. Emerson considered Murat an important figure in his intellectual education.
Augustine, Emerson had his first encounter with slavery. At one point, he attended a meeting of the Bible Society while a slave auction was taking place in the yard outside. Although he recovered his mental equilibrium, he died inapparently from long-standing tuberculosis. His church activities kept him busy, though during this period, facing the imminent death of his wife, he began to doubt his own beliefs.
The profession is antiquated. In an altered age, we worship in the dead forms of our forefathers". As he wrote, "This mode of commemorating Christ is not suitable to me.
That is reason enough why I should abandon it". Carlyle in particular was a strong influence on him; Emerson would later serve as an unofficial literary agent in the United States for Carlyle, and in Marchhe tried to persuade Carlyle to come to America to lecture.
In Octoberhe moved to Concord, Massachusetts to live with his step-grandfather, Dr. Ezra Ripleyat what was later named The Old Manse.
On November 5,he made the first of what would eventually be some 1, lectures, "The Uses of Natural History", in Boston. This was an expanded account of his experience in Paris.
Nature is a language and every new fact one learns is a new word; but it is not a language taken to pieces and dead in the dictionary, but the language put together into a most significant and universal sense. I wish to learn this language, not that I may know a new grammar, but that I may read the great book that is written in that tongue.
He gave a lecture to commemorate the th anniversary of the town of Concord on September 12, Edward Waldo Emerson was the father of Raymond Emerson. Literary career and transcendentalism[ edit ] Emerson in On September 8,the day before the publication of NatureEmerson met with Frederic Henry HedgeGeorge Putnam and George Ripley to plan periodic gatherings of other like-minded intellectuals.
Its first official meeting was held on September 19, Emerson invited Margaret FullerElizabeth Hoar and Sarah Ripley for dinner at his home before the meeting to ensure that they would be present for the evening get-together.
Emerson anonymously published his first essay, "Nature", on September 9, A year later, on August 31,he delivered his now-famous Phi Beta Kappa address, " The American Scholar ",  then entitled "An Oration, Delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge"; it was renamed for a collection of essays which included the first general publication of "Nature" in Though they had likely met as early asin the fall ofEmerson asked Thoreau, "Do you keep a journal?
This was the first time he managed a lecture series on his own, and it was the beginning of his career as a lecturer.
He eventually gave as many as 80 lectures a year, traveling across the northern United States as far as St. Louis, Des Moines, Minneapolis, and California. Emerson discounted biblical miracles and proclaimed that, while Jesus was a great man, he was not God: Despite the roar of critics, he made no reply, leaving others to put forward a defense.
He was not invited back to speak at Harvard for another thirty years.
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In the same month, William James was born, and Emerson agreed to be his godfather.Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 25, , to a fairly well-known New England family. His father was an important Boston minister.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, poet, and philosopher. Essays: Second Series, This site contains HTML (web-readable) versions of many of Emerson's best-known essays, including a Search function to look for specific words, phrases, or quotations.
“The Poet” was published in Emerson’s collection Essays: Second Series () and was based on a lecture (heard in New York by Walt Whitman) Emerson gave in The essay is exuberant, original, and at times rhapsodic.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays: Second Series . The Poet. Web Study Text by Ellen Moore, and Ann Woodlief, , Virginia Commonwealth University.