Ralph Waldo Emerson
This paper discusses the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson as exemplified in his "Divinity School Address" and his poem "The World is Too Much With Us".
# 93643 | 1,245 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Mar 25, 2007 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Philosophy (History - 19th Century)
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This paper explains that New England Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson believed in the power of nature so strongly that it influenced his thoughts on religion, self-reliance and the role of the scholar. The author points out that Emerson's belief in human nature determined his view that people must be individual and rely completely on their own understanding and truth; however, paradoxically, he also believed that nature makes everyone part of a universal being or truth. The paper concludes that Emerson was certain that human nature is perfect within all people and must be allowed to have a free voice unfettered by the opinions of societies, the restrictions of organized religion and the weight of scholarship.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Nature." Reprinted in The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York: The Heritage Press, 1841.
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Self-Reliance." Reprinted in The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson. New York: The Heritage Press, 1841.
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "The American Scholar." Reprinted in www.bartleby.com/5/101.html.
- Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "The Divinity School Address." Reprinted in www.bartleby.com/5/102/html.
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