The True Transcendentalist: Thoreau and Emerson

775 WordsFeb 23, 20183 Pages
Throughout the years there has been multiple different types of American literary movements. Like the Puritan which was a time of when people wrote personal poems, journals, and their personal diaries. The next is Enlightenment period was a time in which it was mostly about science and logic also it included political writings. Another wonderful literary movement is the Romanticism which was filled with emotion, individuality, and nature. But one of the greatest literary movements the one that will be focused on is transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is intuition and individual conscience that helps lead to the truth. When transcendentalism began to start two people played a major role Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, but who is truly a transcendentalist. Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 25, 1803. His father was a minister as well as seven of his male family members. He graduated from Harvard University at the age of eighteen. Then he taught school with his brother William for three years. Which Emerson was unhappy teaching so he decided to go and change his life.Which was going back to college at Harvard Divinity School to become a minister like his ancestors. Emerson achieved his ministry license in 1826. Emerson was ordained to the Unitary church in 18929. Emerson married Ellen Tucker in 1829 then died two years later of tuberculosis. After her death Emerson was distraught which lead him to resign from the clergy. After
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