described as America's national poet, creating an image of America for itself. The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson. In fact, the practice of slavery in the United States is the single most hypocritical aspect of the government as far as Thoreau is concerned. Emerson set out defiantly to insist on the divinity of all men rather than one single historical personage, a position at odds with Christian orthodoxy but one central to his entire system of thought. The language of the essays is sufficiently poetical that Thoreau felt compelled to say critically of the essays"they were not written exactly at the right crisis to be poetry though inconceivably near." In History Emerson attempts to demonstrate the unity of experience of men. Whitman also subscribed to the widespread opinion that even free African-Americans should not vote 156 and was concerned at the increasing number of African-Americans in the legislature.
Legacy Emerson remains the major American philosopher of the nineteenth century and in some respects the central figure of American thought since the colonial period. Emerson's moral summary of Napoleons sounds a great deal like Whitman: "Only that good profits, which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men." Goethe, "the writer, like Napoleon, represents the countervailing force of nature against Emerson's lifelong opponent, what. However, such free-wheeling chaos can arise only if Transcendentalism ignores the ultimate point of the philosophy: the call to rise above- transcend - "animalistic" impulses in the journey from the arena of rational but flawed human thought to the perfection of the spiritual realm). The Selected Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson. While Baraka was considered to be politically radical, his poetry constituted an act of civil disobedience, as it called for attention to be directed to the plight of African Americans, just as Thoreau did more than a century earlier. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010: 142143. John Wiley and Sons. To him, Laurel Lake was "the prettiest lake in: either America or Europe." 101 As the end of 1891 approached, he prepared a final edition of Leaves of Grass, a version that has been nicknamed the "Deathbed Edition." He wrote, "L. Both events were difficult for Whitman and left him depressed.
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