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Emersons Contribution to Literature Ralph Waldo Emerson was a founder of Transcendentalism and left an immense impact on literature for the ages Draper 365 Emerson left a great impression on literature through his essays poems and speeches Emersons definition of Transcendentalism can be summarized into one word Idealism Miles 36 Transcendentalism looks at life by seeing things as they should be and not as they are Moulton 543 The part of the word transcend means to go beyond which takes part in an explanation of Transcendentalism It is said that Transcendentalists consider the matters of ultimate reality to go beyond the human experience Rusk 34 The other main Transcendentalists are Henry David Thoreau Walt Whitman and Margaret Fuller Although Transcendentalism is usually associated mostly with Ralph Waldo Emerson and not with any other poet The actual term Transcendentalism came from the German Romantic philosopher Immanuel Kent Yet Emerson himself was an original founder of the concept itself He and many others had a publication called the Dial He worked with such literary historians as Amos Bronson Alcott Margaret Fuller and Henry David Thoreau When the Dial folded in 1844 he decided to share it with the entire public With this ending of the Dial the public first witnessed his beginning poems Emersons poetry from the Dial Winer 2 era gave rise to a new age of literature that would affect the world through the present day Draper 366 The events of Emersons life provide a context for his thought- the why of his beliefs He was born in Boston on May 25 1803 to a family of merchants and ministers His father Reverend William Emerson a Unitarian minister died in 1811 This forced his mother to put the family in a boardinghouse At an early age Emerson got ideas from his family town and school Emerson attended Boston Latin School from 1812 to1817 and then Harvard College from 1817 to 1821 At college he
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