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RALPH WALDO EMERSON. 1803-1882. BOSTON Graduated Harvard at 18 Minister in Unitarian Church for 3 yrs, ending in 1832. Transcendentalism. Poetry, essays. To read it, rewrite it. . . .spoke not what men, but what they thought. . . .spoke not what [other] men, but what they thought.

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Ralph waldo emerson

RALPH WALDO EMERSON


1803 1882

1803-1882

  • BOSTON

  • Graduated Harvard at 18

  • Minister in Unitarian Church for 3 yrs, ending in 1832


Transcendentalism

Transcendentalism

Poetry, essays


To read it rewrite it

To read it, rewrite it

  • . . .spoke not what men, but what they thought.

  • . . .spoke not what [other] men, but what they thought.

  • they said what they thought

Why make it so difficult?


From good writing

From “Good Writing”

All writing should be selection in order to drop every dead word. . . .

Then all the words will be sprightly, & every sentence a surprise.


Ralph waldo emerson

What is being compared or contrasted?


Charles ives

Charles Ives

  • Composer, insurance innovator

  • Concord Sonata, 1911-1915- 1st movement “Emerson”

  • Entire 4-movement piece is 50 minutes long

  • VERY individual – no barlines, cluster chords, collage of sounds & tunes


Experience 1844

Experience, 1844

There is an optical illusion about every person we meet. In truth, they are all creatures of given temperament, which will appear in a given character, whose boundaries they will never pass: but we look at them, they seem alive, and we presume there is impulse in them. In the moment, it seems impulse; in the year, in the lifetime, it turns out to be a certain uniform tune which the revolving barrel of the music-box must play.


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