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Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XVI Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XVI

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XVI
CHAPTER XVIEMERSON.--A RETROSPECT.Personality and Habits of Life.--His Commission and Errand.--As a Lecturer.--His Use of Authorities.--Resemblance to Other Writers.--As influenced by Others.--His Place as a Thinker.--Idealism and Intuition.--Mysticism.--His Attitude respecting Science.--As an American.--His Fondness for Solitary Study.--His Patience and Amiability.--Feeling with which he was regarded.--Emerson and Burns.--His Religious Belief.--His Relations with Clergymen.--Future of his Reputation.--His Life judged by the Ideal Standard.Emerson's earthly existence was in the estimate of his own philosophy so slight an occurrence in his career of being that his relations to the accidents of time and space seem quite secondary matters to one who has been long living in... Nonfictions - Post by : fanjr - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 3236

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XV Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XV

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XV
CHAPTER XVRecollections of Emerson's Last Years.--Mr. Conway's Visits.--Extracts from Mr. Whitman's Journal.--Dr. Le Baron Russell's Visit.--Dr. Edward Emerson's Account.--Illness and Death.--Funeral Services.Mr. Conway gives the following account of two visits to Emerson after the decline of his faculties had begun to make itself obvious:--"In 1875, when I stayed at his house in Concord for a little time, it was sad enough to find him sitting as a listener before those who used to sit at his feet in silence. But when alone with him he conversed in the old way, and his faults of memory seemed at times to disappear. There... Nonfictions - Post by : DavidC - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2410

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XIV Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XIV

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XIV
CHAPTER XIVEMERSON'S POEMS.The following "Prefatory Note" by Mr. Cabot introduces the ninth volume of the series of Emerson's collected works:--"This volume contains nearly all the pieces included in the POEMS and MAY-DAY of former editions. In 1876 Mr. Emerson published a selection from his poems, adding six new ones, and omitting many. Of those omitted, several are now restored, in accordance with the expressed wishes of many readers and lovers of them. Also some pieces never before published are here given in an Appendix, on various grounds. Some of them appear to have had Emerson's approval, but to have been withheld... Nonfictions - Post by : Taser912 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1418

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XIII Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XIII

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XIII
CHAPTER XIII1878-1882. AET. 75-79.Last Literary Labors.--Addresses and Essays.--"Lectures and Biographical Sketches."--"Miscellanies."The decline of Emerson's working faculties went on gently and gradually, but he was not condemned to entire inactivity. His faithful daughter, Ellen, followed him with assiduous, quiet, ever watchful care, aiding his failing memory, bringing order into the chaos of his manuscript, an echo before the voice whose words it was to shape for him when his mind faltered and needed a momentary impulse.With her helpful presence and support he ventured from time to time to read a paper before a select audience. Thus, March 30, 1878, he delivered a... Nonfictions - Post by : mochajoe - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 810

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XII Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XII

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XII
CHAPTER XII1873-1878. AET. 70-75.Publication of "Parnassus."--Emerson Nominated as Candidate for the Office of Lord Rector of Glasgow University.--Publication of "Letters and Social Aims." Contents: Poetry and Imagination.--Social Aims.--Eloquence.--Resources.--The Comic.--Quotation and Originality.--Progress of Culture.--Persian Poetry.--Inspiration.-- Greatness.--Immortality.--Address at the Unveiling of the Statue of "The Minute-Man" at Concord.--Publication of Collected Poems.In December, 1874, Emerson published "Parnassus," a Collection of Poems by British and American authors. Many readers may like to see his subdivisions and arrangement of the pieces he has brought together. They are as follows: "Nature."--"Human Life."--"Intellectual." --"Contemplation."--"Moral and Religious."--"Heroic."--"Personal." --"Pictures."--"Narrative Poems and Ballads."--"Songs."--"Dirges and Pathetic Poems."--"Comic and Humorous."--"Poetry of Terror."--"Oracles and... Nonfictions - Post by : jbintj - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 3249

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XI Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XI

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter XI
CHAPTER XI1868-1873. AET. 65-70.Lectures on the Natural History of the Intellect.--Publication of "Society and Solitude." Contents: Society and Solitude. --Civilization.--Art.--Eloquence.--Domestic Life.--Farming. --Works and Days.--Books.--Clubs.--Courage.--Success.--Old Age.--Other Literary Labors.--Visit to California.--Burning of his House, and the Story of its Rebuilding.--Third Visit to Europe.--His Reception at Concord on his Return.During three successive years, 1868, 1869, 1870, Emerson delivered a series of Lectures at Harvard University on the "Natural History of the Intellect." These Lectures, as I am told by Dr. Emerson, cost him a great deal of labor, but I am not aware that they have been collected or reported. They will be referred... Nonfictions - Post by : guydavis - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 3175

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter X Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter X

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter X
CHAPTER X1863-1868. AET. 60-65."Boston Hymn."--"Voluntaries."--Other Poems.--"May-Day and other Pieces."--"Remarks at the Funeral Services of Abraham Lincoln."--Essay on Persian Poetry.--Address at a Meeting of the Free Religious Association.--"Progress of Culture." Address before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Harvard University.--Course of Lectures in Philadelphia.--The Degree of LL.D. conferred upon Emerson by Harvard University.--"Terminus."The "Boston Hymn" was read by Emerson in the Music Hall, on the first day of January, 1863. It is a rough piece of verse, but noble from beginning to end. One verse of it, beginning "Pay ransom to the owner," has been already quoted; these are the three that... Nonfictions - Post by : HSPost - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2635

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter IX Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter IX

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter IX
CHAPTER IX1858-1863: AET. 55-60.Essay on Persian Poetry.--Speech at the Burns Centennial Festival--Letter from Emerson to a Lady.--Tributes to Theodore Parker and to Thoreau.--Address on the Emancipation Proclamation.--Publication of "The Conduct of Life." Contents: Fate; Power; Wealth; Culture; Behavior; Worship; Considerations by the Way; Beauty; Illusions.The Essay on Persian Poetry, published in the "Atlantic Monthly" in 1858, should be studied by all readers who are curious in tracing the influence of Oriental poetry on Emerson's verse. In many of the shorter poems and fragments published since "May-Day," as well as in the "Quatrains" and others of the later poems in that volume,... Nonfictions - Post by : JV619 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2174

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter VIII Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter VIII

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter VIII
CHAPTER VIII1858-1858. AEt. 50-55.Lectures in various Places.--Anti-Slavery Addresses.--Woman. A Lecture read before the Woman's Rights Convention.--Samuel Hoar. Speech at Concord.--Publication of "English Traits."--The "Atlantic Monthly."--The "Saturday Club."After Emerson's return from Europe he delivered lectures to different audiences,--one on Poetry, afterwards published in "Letters and Social Aims," a course of lectures in Freeman Place Chapel, Boston, some of which have been published, one on the Anglo-Saxon Race, and many others. In January, 1855, he gave one of the lectures in a course of Anti-Slavery Addresses delivered in Tremont Temple, Boston. In the same year he delivered an address before the Anti-Slavery party... Nonfictions - Post by : pmlharry - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 583

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter VII Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter VII

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter VII
CHAPTER VII1848-1853. AET. 45-50.The "Massachusetts Quarterly Review;" Visit to Europe.--England. --Scotland.--France.--"Representative Men" published. I. Uses of Great Men. II. Plato; or, the Philosopher; Plato; New Readings. III. Swedenborg; or, the Mystic. IV. Montaigne; or, the Skeptic. V. Shakespeare; or, the Poet. VI. Napoleon; or, the Man of the World. VII. Goethe; or, the Writer.--Contribution to the "Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli."A new periodical publication was begun in Boston in 1847, under the name of the "Massachusetts Quarterly Review." Emerson wrote the "Editor's Address," but took no further active part in it, Theodore Parker being the real editor. The last line of... Nonfictions - Post by : vodanh - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 941

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter VI Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter VI

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter VI
CHAPTER VI1843-1848. AET. 40-45."The Young American."--Address on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies.(1)--Publication of the Second Series of Essays.--Contents: The Poet.--Experience.--Character. --Manners.--Gifts.--Nature.--Politics.--Nominalist and Realist.--New England Reformers.--Publication of Poems.--Second Visit to England.(Footnote 1: These two addresses are to be found in the first and eleventh volumes, respectively, of the last collective edition of Emerson's works, namely, "Nature, Addresses, and Lectures," and "Miscellanies.")Emerson was American in aspect, temperament, way of thinking, and feeling; American, with an atmosphere of Oriental idealism; American, so far as he belonged to any limited part of the universe. He believed in... Nonfictions - Post by : wctanfc - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1762

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter V Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter V

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter V
CHAPTER V1838-1843. AET. 35-40.Section 1. Divinity School Address.--Correspondence.--Lectures on Human Life.--Letters to James Freeman Clarke.--Dartmouth College Address: Literary Ethics.--Waterville College Address: The Method of Nature.--Other Addresses: Man the Reformer.--Lecture on the Times.--The Conservative.--The Transcendentalist.--Boston "Transcendentalism."--"The Dial."--Brook Farm.Section 2. First Series of Essays published.--Contents: History, Self-Reliance, Compensation, Spiritual Laws, Love, Friendship, Prudence, Heroism, The Oversoul, Circles, Intellect, Art.--Emerson's Account of his Mode of Life in a Letter to Carlyle.--Death of Emerson's Son.--Threnody.Section 1. On Sunday evening, July 15, 1838, Emerson delivered an Address before the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge, which caused a profound sensation in religious circles, and led to... Nonfictions - Post by : hallmark - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 683

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter IV Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter IV

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter IV
CHAPTER IV1833-1838. AET. 30-35.Section 1. Visit to Europe.--On his Return preaches in Different Places.--Emerson in the Pulpit.--At Newton.--Fixes his Residence at Concord.--The Old Manse.--Lectures in Boston.--Lectures on Michael Angelo and on Milton published in the "North American Review."--Beginning of the Correspondence with Carlyle.--Letters to the Rev. James Freeman Clarke.--Republication of "Sartor Resartus."Section 2. Emerson's Second Marriage.--His New Residence in Concord.--Historical Address.--Course of Ten Lectures on English Literature delivered in Boston.--The Concord Battle Hymn.--Preaching in Concord and East Lexington.--Accounts of his Preaching by Several Hearers.--A Course of Lectures on the Nature and Ends of History.--Address on War.--Death of Edward Bliss Emerson.--Death of... Nonfictions - Post by : pawan - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1656

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter III Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter III

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter III
CHAPTER III1828-1833. AET. 25-30.Settled as Colleague of Rev. Henry Ware.--Married to Ellen Louisa Tucker.--Sermon at the Ordination of Rev. H.B. Goodwin.--His Pastoral and Other Labors.--Emerson and Father Taylor.--Death of Mrs. Emerson.--Difference of Opinion with some of his Parishioners.--Sermon Explaining his Views.--Resignation of his Pastorate.On the 11th of March, 1829, Emerson was ordained as colleague with the Reverend Henry Ware, Minister of the Second Church in Boston. In September of the same year he was married to Miss Ellen Louisa Tucker. The resignation of his colleague soon after his settlement threw all the pastoral duties upon the young minister, who seems to... Nonfictions - Post by : Colleen - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1281

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter II Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter II

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter II
CHAPTER II1823-1828. AET. 20-25.Extract from a Letter to a Classmate.--School-Teaching.--Study of Divinity.--"Approbated" to Preach.--Visit to the South.--Preaching in Various Places.We get a few brief glimpses of Emerson during the years following his graduation. He writes in 1823 to a classmate who had gone from Harvard to Andover:--"I am delighted to hear there is such a profound studying of German and Hebrew, Parkhurst and Jahn, and such other names as the memory aches to think of, on foot at Andover. Meantime, Unitarianism will not hide her honors; as many hard names are taken, and as much theological mischief is planned, at Cambridge... Nonfictions - Post by : diablo2_v - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2482

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter I Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter I

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Chapter I
CHAPTER IBirthplace.--Boyhood.--College Life.1803-1823. To _AET_. 20.Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 25th of May, 1803.He was the second of five sons; William, R.W., Edward Bliss, Robert Bulkeley, and Charles Chauncy.His birthplace and that of our other illustrious Bostonian, Benjamin Franklin, were within a kite-string's distance of each other. When the baby philosopher of the last century was carried from Milk Street through the narrow passage long known as Bishop's Alley, now Hawley Street, he came out in Summer Street, very nearly opposite the spot where, at the beginning of this century, stood the parsonage of the First... Nonfictions - Post by : JeffC - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 3367

Ralph Waldo Emerson - INTRODUCTION Ralph Waldo Emerson - INTRODUCTION

Ralph Waldo Emerson - INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCTION"I have the feeling that every man's biography is at his own expense. He furnishes not only the facts, but the report. I mean that all biography is autobiography. It is only what he tells of himself that comes to be known and believed."So writes the man whose life we are to pass in review, and it is certainly as true of him as of any author we could name. He delineates himself so perfectly in his various writings that the careful reader sees his nature just as it was in all its essentials, and has little more to learn than... Nonfictions - Post by : realmainer - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1448

Pages From An Old Volume Of Life - THE PULPIT AND THE PEW Pages From An Old Volume Of Life - THE PULPIT AND THE PEW

Pages From An Old Volume Of Life - THE PULPIT AND THE PEW
THE PULPIT AND THE PEWThe priest is dead for the Protestant world. Luther's inkstand did not kill the devil, but it killed the priest, at least for us: He is a loss in many respects to be regretted. He kept alive the spirit of reverence. He was looked up to as possessing qualities superhuman in their nature, and so was competent to be the stay of the weak and their defence against the strong. If one end of religion is to make men happier in this world as well as in the next, mankind lost a great source of happiness when... Essays - Post by : blanko - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 3305

Pages From An Old Volume Of Life - CINDERS FROM THE ASHES Pages From An Old Volume Of Life - CINDERS FROM THE ASHES

Pages From An Old Volume Of Life - CINDERS FROM THE ASHES
CINDERS FROM THE ASHESThe personal revelations contained in my report of certain breakfast-table conversations were so charitably listened to and so good-naturedly interpreted, that I may be in danger of becoming over-communicative. Still, I should never have ventured to tell the trivial experiences here thrown together, were it not that my brief story is illuminated here and there by a glimpse of some shining figure that trod the same path with me for a time, or crossed it, leaving a momentary or lasting brightness in its track. I remember that, in furnishing a chamber some years ago, I was struck with... Essays - Post by : kobiadato - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 2564

Pages From An Old Volume Of Life - THE INEVITABLE TRIAL Pages From An Old Volume Of Life - THE INEVITABLE TRIAL

Pages From An Old Volume Of Life - THE INEVITABLE TRIAL
THE INEVITABLE TRIAL(An Oration delivered before the City Authorities of Boston, on the 4th of July, 1863.)It is our first impulse, upon this returning day of our nation's birth, to recall whatever is happiest and noblest in our past history, and to join our voices in celebrating the statesmen and the heroes, the men of thought and the men of action, to whom that history owes its existence. In other years this pleasing office may have been all that was required of the holiday speaker. But to-day, when the very life of the nation is threatened, when clouds are thick about... Essays - Post by : hookani - Date : April 2012 - Author : Oliver Wendell Holmes - Read : 1228