The Effect Of Transcendentalism : Henry David Thoreau

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The Effect of Transcendentalism: Henry David Thoreau Transcendentalism is the American literary, political, and philosophical movement of the early nineteenth century that was rooted in the pure Romanticism of the English and the German (Goodman). Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered the father of Transcendentalism because his literature is the first to praise the notable spirituality of nature. The basic belief of the movement is to live authentically; being true to oneself (Day). The movement itself, in the years 1840-1860, is fertile in knowledge because people are now beginning to ask questions about religion. Questions about religion, at the time, would most likely consist of origin, morality, and rituals. Because of the complex level of intellect that surrounds the movement, the era of Transcendentalism is also known as the American Renaissance. To a great extent, modern society is affected by the literary works like Henry David Thoreau’s through his legacy he leaves behind, lifestyle constantly on exhibition throughout his writings, opinionated views in his manuscripts, and evidence of his values in modern today’s societies. Other venerable pioneers of this movement include: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Frederick Henry Hedge, and Amos Bronson Alcott. The legacy that Thoreau left behind also defines the societies of today. Thoreau’s compassion for his beliefs in Transcendentalism can be described in one quote: “To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts,
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