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From wise men the world inherits a literature of wisdom characterized less by its scheduled education than by its strength and shortness of statement Thought provoking and discerning Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a cynical world an unbiased perspective on human frailty Emerson first and foremost was a poet He has not written a line which is not conceived in the interest of mankind He never writes in the interest of a section of a party of a church or a man always in the interest of mankind Carlyle 19 From Emersons poetry the reader is able to derive a central theme of idealism and realityEmerson was a poet that sings to us with thoughts beyond his song Howe His never ending search for immortality was always resolved by his reencounter with reality In his poem Days he expresses the purely ideal or mystical half of his thoughts Days suggests both points of view and is structurally divided into two parts The first six lines personify the Days as demigods who offer the gifts of life to mortalsDaughters of Time the hypocritic Daysmuffled and dumb like barefoot dervishesAnd marching single in an endless file Bring diadems and fagots in their handsTo each they offer gifts after his will--Bread kingdoms stars or sky that holds them all Emerson is saying here that the individual days arranged in an endless running bring man indulgences and plainness alike They bring whatever is the will of man Emersons problem with this is that it is up to him to claim responsibility for his actions These supreme beings simply provide a steadfast pace unchanging and unyielding They say nothing and make no efforts to intervene in mans path They claim time but so short The time they provide is not long enough and that is why they are hypocrites thus providing Emersons confrontation with perfection In the last five lines he describes his actual failure to realize the value of these
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