Emerson And Poe Transcendentalism Essay

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American lecturer, writer, and poet ,who led the transcendentalist movement in the mid-19th century. Emerson was known for his connections with nature as seen from his writing. In his most famous essay “Nature” he portrays a transcendentalists ideas of nature. Ralph Waldo lived in several different places including, Boston, New York City, and his final resting place Concord. Edgar Allen Poe was an American editor, writer, and literary critic. Poe, like Emerson, was born in Boston ,and lived until 1849. Poe was known for his creepy and eerie poems like “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee.” Poe’s writings can be classified under Dark Romanticism, which is a grotesque and demonic fascination. While Emerson and Poe seem exact opposite, their ideas of nature from their writings can be compared in a sense. Both Emerson and Poe wrote and lived during the same time, the mid 19th century. Transcendentalism is an idealist, and social movement that was developed in New England in 1836 to counteract rationalism. It was influenced by romanticism, platonism, and Kantian philosophy. Transcendentalism teaches that in order to understand reality, one must understand the reasoning that conduct reason. One of the most famous promoters of transcendentalism is Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson uses transcendentalism in most of his writing including: “Self-Reliance”,and “Nature”. Emerson became so famous he alternated future generations of writers, one of them being Henry David

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