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Ralph Waldo Emerson Properly Acknowledgedby Ralph Waldo Emerson certainly took his place in the historyof American Literature He lived in a time when romanticism was becominga way of thinking and beginning to bloom in America the time period knownas The Romantic Age Romantic thinking stressed on human imagination andemotion rather than on basic facts and reason Ralph Waldo Emerson not onlyprovided plenty of that but he also nourished it and inspired many otherwriters of that time His influence can be found in the works of Henry DavidThoreau Herman Melville Walt Whitman Emily Dickinson Henry James andRobert Frost No doubt Ralph Waldo Emerson was an astute and intellectualman who influenced American Literature and has rightly received the creditthat he deserves from historians He has been depicted as a leading figurein American thought and literature or at least ranks up there with the verybest But there is so much more to Ralph Waldo Emerson when we consider thepersonal hardships that he had to endure during the course of his life andwhen we see the type of man that he becomes He certainly was a man ofinspiration who knew how to express himself by writing the best of poemsand philosophical ideas with inspiration To get an idea of how Ralph Waldo Emerson might have becomesuch an inspiration to the people some background on his life is essentialCan you imagine living a life with all your loved ones passing away one byone A persons life could collapse into severe depression lose hope andlose meaning He can build a morbid outlook on life Ralph Waldo Emersonsuffered these things He was born on May 25 1803 and entered into a newworld a new nation just beginning Just about eight years later his fatherwould no longer be with him as William Emerson died in 1811 The Emersonfamily was left to a life marked by poverty Ralphs mother Ruth was leftas a widow having to take care of five sons However
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