Ralph Waldo Emerson : An American Poet

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American poet in the nineteenth century. He was also an essayist and philosopher. He started out as a clergyman like all of the men is his family before him, but later began writing about what he believed. Emerson also was a transcendentalist, which means he promotes intuitive, spiritual thinking. He had once stated “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was born to William and Ruth Emerson. William was a clergyman, as many of Emerson’s male ancestors had been. Ralph taught at his brothers school for girls in 1821. He attended Harvard University and the Harvard School of Divinity, and was licensed as a minister 1826. In 1829, he
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Emerson had descended from people from the early colonial Massachusetts on his dad’s side. There is not much information of his mother’s side of his heritage, but most of the men before Ralph had been ministers. They were believed to be descended from Thomas Emerson, who went to America from England in around 1635. Emerson’s father , William Emerson, was a Unitarian clergyman who later became a pastor. He married Ruth (Haskins) Emerson and later had Ralph and his seven siblings. William Emerson died on May 12, 1811, leaving his family at an early death. Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of eight siblings. He had five brothers and two sisters, but only four of those sibling survived into full adulthood.

Emerson started his career when he travelled around Europe to lecture about what he thought and believed in. Later, Emerson and some friends decided to start a magazine, which they called The Dial, in 1840. Emerson had written many essays for the magazine. Many of his essays began representing deeper purposes after the death of his young son in 1842, whom he wrote “Threnody” for. Emerson proved that it takes personal experience and time to develop a reason for greatness. As he had once said, “Every artist was first an amatuer.” Emerson had also become the center of transcendentalism, which is a belief that divinity pervades all nature and humanity. It also goes along with different philosophical and social concepts, which has
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