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Ms Ogarek period 5 Stephanie B Transcendentalism Websters dictionary defines it as a philosophy that emphasizes the a priori conditions of knowledge and experience or the unknowable character of ultimate reality or that emphasizes the transcendent as the fundamental reality Since the beginning of man transcendentalism has existed Transcendentalism emerged at the very beginning of American literature and culture and continues on today The first great American writer of the past Emerson wrote many writings two of which especially contain the idea of transcendentalism The first of the two Nature features the idea that Nature speaks to the human spirit and to truly understand oneself one needs to live with nature and no one else The following quote is an example To go into solitude a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society Nature Emerson also wrote Self Reliance This talked about depending upon oneself and living without help from others Emerson said to trust in intuition Trust thyself every heart vibrates to that iron string Accept the place that the divine providence has found for you the society of your contemporaries the connexion of events Self Reliance Emerson also discussed the importance of ones mind Emerson believed that if one had their own mind then they had the most important thing in the world In Emersons own words Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity or our own mind Self Reliance Thoreau a great American writer of the past uses transcendentalism throughout his writings In Walden transcendentalism is stressed throughout the writing What should we think of a shepherds life if his flocks always wandered to higher pastures than his thoughts In this quote Thoreau urges society to think for themselves He continues this thought with a quoteRenew thyself every day do it again and again and forever againConfucius The Great Learning chapter 1 Thoreau took this quote to heart and used it and its theme in his
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