Talks with Ralph Waldo Emerson

Talks with Ralph Waldo Emerson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...store-keepers offer, and the few such things he used he provided for himself, and they were much superior and more convenient. Did he want a portmanteau or box? Forthwith he produced it, stripping the bark off a tree, joining by dovetail without tack or nail, and chamfering the edges and bottom. "He was a close student of a few books. He liked the ethnic scriptures. Cholmondeley had given him some rare and costly copies of the Bhagavad-Gita and other bibles. His style has been sometimes criticized as opaque, but that is a quality frequently found in the reader. It was a style that refused compromise as did the man. 'If the spirit of poetry, ' he said, 'chooses to descend upon me as I stand still, it is well; if not, I will not go in search of her. Here, on this rugged soil of Massachusetts, I take my stand, baring my brow to the breeze of my own country and invoking the genius of my own words.' "It is better to translate him than Epictetus or Marcus Antoninus. He looked inward," inward at the soul of things. Conscientious, earnest, he talked in plain words to the superstitious, and commanded his publishers not to change a line. Thus his pages seem profane and sometimes blasphemous. He did not hesitate at shocking any weatherworn creed or belief. Men called him sceptic; but he was too conscientious to go to church. It was curious how much his opinion was sought, considering how much it was derided. No sooner did any extraordinary news arrive than every one must know what Thoreau thought about the last happening. His poetry is of a new order., The poem on Smoke is instinct with the. spirit of Simonides: --'Light-winged Smoke! Icarian bird, Melting thy pinions in thy upward flight; Lark without song, and messenger of dawn, Circling above...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236590481
  • 9781236590480