Known for challenging traditional thought and for his faith in the individual, Emerson was the chief spokesman for the Transcendentalist movement. His poems speak to his most passionately held belief: that external authority should be disregarded in favor of oneâs own experience. From the embattled farmers who âfired the shot heard round the worldâ in the stirring âConcord Hymn,â to the flower in âThe Rhodora,â whose existence demonstrates âthat if eyes were made for seeing, / Then Beauty is its own excuse for being,â Emerson celebrates the existence of the sublime in the human and in nature.
Combining intensity of feeling with his famous idealism, Emersonâs poems reveal a moving, more intimate side of the man revered as the Sage of Concord.
About: A collection of poetry by the nineteenth-century American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist celebrates the preeminence of the individual and personal experience in such famed works as 'Concord Hymn' and 'The Rhodora.
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