Emerson Defines Beauty in The Poet Essay

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Emerson Defines Beauty in The Poet

Just what is beauty? We all have our own definition of beauty because everyone has there own distinctive style and attractiveness. Therefore, we must respect why some people find beauty in things while others would not simply because beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder. Now we all are attracted to all sorts of things, but have you ever asked yourself why? Is it simply because it is beautiful or does the meaning go beyond that? I tend to believe the latter is true so lets take love for example. It is the most beautiful thing in the world because you get a sense of being, are likely attracted to the person you are in love with, it stimulates you and you probably feel complete. However, beauty
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Secondly, when he refers to himself as a man of Beauty makes you ask the question, well why is he a man of beauty? Emerson believes that he is due to the fact that only a poet can put what he observes and sees into a beautifully crafted text. He restates this theory throughout the text and makes a case based solely on the belief that only a poet has the tools and intelligence to do this. However, I believe that Emerson was wrong to say that only poets had the vision and ability to write because we all have our own unique thoughts or perspectives on nature or life. It is almost as if Emerson believed that he and other poets had some kind of God given talent and were the chosen ones to perform these kinds of tasks. He even argues that he is right by saying, "For the world is not painted, or adorned, but is from the beginning beautiful: and God has not made some beautiful things, but Beauty is the creator of the universe." Therefore the poet is not any permissive potentate, but is emperor in his own right ( The Poet, 1648)." So basically Emerson in these two lines in trying to draw a picture that when God created the universe it was beautiful but everything was not created beautiful so it is up to the poets to paint the picture and make it beautiful. In
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