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Ralph Waldo Emerson is quite possibly the most influential poet ever let alone of just his time He has put forth many ideas on the self and promotes transcendentalism throughout all his works He is fully due credit for shaping what is now a solid American literary style and idea Without Emerson people like Henry David Thoreau Herman Melville Robert Frost Emily Dickinson Henry James and Walt Whitman would never have been what they were With his eclectic and unsystematic thinking Emerson was often criticized as a superficial popularizer Myerson Though this criticism came many of those critics were impressed and had respect for such a deep thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25 1803 in a normal hospital in Boston He was the 3rd son of William and Ruth Haskins Emerson Emersons childhood was pretty normal Before he was 3 years old he was in what was the equivalent of kindergarten he set no high marks and was perceived rather dullAugust 3 William Emerson was a 6th generation Unitary Minister and died in 1811 leaving Ruth to take care of five sons This was very hard on his family with also having one of Ralphs younger brothers spending most of his life in a mental institution Another one of his brothers also a victim of mental illness died in 1834 A third brother died in 1836 of tuberculosis Tuberculosis also ended up taking Emersons first wife Ellen in 1831 Tragedy was a part of Emersons life with his first son Waldo dying in 1841 He would later write one of his best poems Threnody in dedication to his son On top of being a great poet Emerson is most known for his essays and lectures He traveled the world giving speeches on his beliefs and philosophy on ones self and life He is noted highly for his Phi Beta Kappa address for refining his individualism This lecture was addressed to the American
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