Transcendentalism Transcendentalism , in philosophy and literature, belief in a higher reality than that found in sense experience or in a higher kind of knowledge than that achieved by human reason.
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In “Self-Reliance” (1841), one of Emerson’s most important works, he expressed his optimistic faith in the power of individual achievement and originality. He also considered the overarching need to discover and develop a relationship with nature and with God.
Ralph Waldo Emerson_Complete.Poems.pdf
If the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
I keep, and pass, and turn again.
Far or forgot to me is near;
Shadow and sunlight are the same;
The vanished gods to me appear;
And one to me are shame and fame.
They reckon ill who leave me out;
When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt,
And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.
The strong gods pine for my abode,
And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!
Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.
Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
To laugh often and much;to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson_ Nature.etext.pdf / Ralph Waldo Emerson_ Nature.notes.pdf
Ralph Waldo Emerson_ Self-Reliance.etext.pdf / Ralph Waldo Emerson_ Self-Reliance.notes.pdf
Ralph Waldo Emerson_ The American Scholar.etext.Complete.pdf / Ralph Waldo Emerson_ The American Scholar.notes.pdf
Ralph Waldo Emerson_ Circles.etext.pdf / Ralph Waldo Emerson_ Circles.notes.pdf
Ralph Waldo Emerson_ The Poet.etext.pdf / Ralph Waldo Emerson_ The Poet.notes.pdf
Ralph Waldo Emerson_ Representative Men.etxt.pdf
Ralph Waldo Emerson_ Study Guide_ Critical Commentary.pdf
Ralph Waldo Emerson_ Introduction.Monarch.notes.pdf
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