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Ralph Waldo Emerson always considered himself a poet despite his many volumes of Essays and other works Therefore this essay only deals with Emersons poetry Emerson told a lot with his prose but he told more with his poetry Often fundamental aspects of transcendentalism are shown through literary devices in his poetry Of these the idea of the Over-Soul is one of the most common Emerson uses many literary devices to illustrate the Over-Soul in his poetry In the poem The Rhodora the author Ralph Waldo Emerson uses many literary devices to show his transcendentalist views One of those devices is the use of Apostrophe by directly addressing the inanimate object Rhodora if the sages ask thee why9 He addresses the flower because he wishes to show his spiritual unity with all living things He talks to the flower as if it were a contemporary because he sees he is no better than nature and that they share the same soul This soul is known to most transcendentalists as the Over-Soul He also uses rhyme in the Rhodora to show the flow of the universe and the flow of nature Overall the poem the Rhodora shows the transcendentalist view of the beauty of nature for the sake of the beauty of nature Then Beauty is its own excuse for being12 Also the poem the Rhodora uses pathetic fallacy on its own author He was in a good mood when approaching the Rhodora and therefore the poem shows how nature amplifies his mood Also in the poem Brahma Emerson illustrates the transcendentalist belief of the Over-Soul by talking of the Hindus belief of reincarnation and a universal self The universal self is Brahma and to Emerson it is the Over-Soul He uses paradoxes to show that we are all connected or at least that a higher power of ourselves can be used to find the answers to lifes problems which seem simple and contradictory but are
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