On Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Lectures and Biographical Sketches. Edward W. Emerson, editor. Boston, 1883 and 1892.

Emerson: Sooy

Emerson: Sooy RALPH WALDO EMERSON. By Rev. J. L. Sooy The Sage of Concord has always been noted for his mystic sentences. Occasionally he purchases compression at the expense of clearness, and condenses almost to abruptness. His style – apparently modeled after that of Carlyle – is marred by affectation and conceit. The signal thing about it is manner, not matter; appearance, not substance. His manner is dogmatic, conceited; for Emerson is, in one respect, in prose, what Byron is to poetry – always veiling his own dear self under the character he draws. Why this style? Why use verbs for nouns – idioms and forms, introduced by way of…

Life of Emerson

Life Of Emerson Life Of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Introduction to Early Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson) — Nathan Haskell Dole, 1899 In the early years of the nineteenth century, when Boston was as yet only a comfortable little seaport town, and its principal streets still gave room for gardens and cow pastures, there stood at the corner of what is now Summer and Chauncy streets a gambrel-roofed wooden building, shaded by elms and Lombardy poplars, and surrounded by ample grounds. This was the parish house of the oldest church in Boston, called the First or “Old Brick Church.” The minister of this church and occupant of this mansion was the…

By Emerson’s Grave

By Emerson’s Grave (from Prose Works by Walt Whitman, 1892) May 6, ’82. — WE stand by Emerson’s new-made grave without sadness — indeed a solemn joy and faith, almost hauteur — our soul-benison no mere “Warrior, rest, thy task is done,” for one beyond the warriors of the world lies surely symboll’d here. A just man, poised on himself, all-loving, all-inclosing, and same and clear as the sun. Nor does it seem so much Emerson himself we are here to honor — it is conscience, simplicity, culture, humanity’s attributes at their best, yet applicable if need be to average affairs, and eligible to all. So used are we to…