Early in his life, Emerson followed in the footsteps of his father and became minister, but this ended in when he felt he could no longer serve as a minister in good conscience. He experienced doubts about the Christian church and its doctrine. These reservations were temporarily alleviated by his brief association with Unitarianism, but soon Emerson became discontent with even their decidedly. Therefore in order to have a well-formed society, citizens should focus inward and.
The Poet (essay)
EMERSON'S ESSAYS - book summaries and study materials
It is not about "men of poetical talents, or of industry and skill in meter, but of the true poet. Emerson says that a poet represents humanity, as one that acknowledges interdependence between the material and spiritual world:. And this hidden truth, that the fountains whence all this river of Time, and its creatures, floweth, are intrinsically ideal and beautiful, draws us to the consideration of the nature and functions of the Poet, or the man of Beauty, to the means and materials he uses, and to the general aspect of the art in the present time. In the essay, Emerson expresses the need for the United States to have its own new and unique poet to write about the new country's virtues and vices:. Our logrolling, our stumps and their politics, our fisheries, our Negroes, and Indians, our boasts, and our repudiations, the wrath of rogues, and the pusillanimity of honest men, the northern trade, the southern planting, the western clearing, Oregon, and Texas, are yet unsung. Wherever snow falls or water flows or birds fly, wherever day and night meet in twilight, wherever the blue heaven is hung by clouds or sown with stars, wherever are forms with transparent boundaries, wherever are outlets into celestial space, wherever is danger, and awe, and love, there is Beauty, plenteous as rain, shed for thee, and though thou shouldest walk the world over, thou shalt not be able to find a condition inopportune or ignoble.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson always wrote in a journal, this is what mainly starting his passion for writing. His religious beliefs are what helped inspire him. Ralph Waldo Emerson had seven brothers and sisters; five brothers, and two sisters. He was the second child of Elizabeth and David Poe. Both of his parents were actors traveling to perform in theatres from Massachusetts to South Carolina.
It was important to Emerson that ideas be put into practice in the real world. Consider some contemporary controversial issue and examine it as you think Emerson would. Examples of such an issue might be capital punishment, human rights, environmentalism, feminism, or cultural pluralism.