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The American Renaissance a flowering of literature and art that had been gaining momentum since the 1820s which caused an American Romanticism called Transcendentalism Transcendentalism was an intellectual movement that stressed intuition individuality and self-reliance that directly or indirectly affected most of the writers of the New England Renaissance Prentice Hall page 273 From Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson the essay seemed so tame and innocent you ponder what makes this piece of writing so valuable Self-Reliance is not appreciated by each and every individual due to its monetary value which it does not have but for its value of uncivilized free and wild thinking How Emerson looks toward nature and humans surrounding he believes these elements are central to the presumption of the individual would react Throughout Self-Reliance Emerson uses the elements of literature diction syntax symbolism imagery and tone that creates uncivilized free and wild thinking Ralph Waldo Emerson an essayist a poet an orator and a respected philosopher emerged in the late 1830s as the most influential spokesman for American literary nationalism although he did not compose any novels As the leading light of the Transcendentalism movement an American offshoot of Romanticism Self-Reliance constitutes uncivilized free and wild thinking by focusing all you attention on human spirit and discovering that human spirit is reflected in nature Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its member Man would conceive that Emerson believed that the individual felt they should explore nature thoroughly then the individual will come to their senses know who they are and get well aquatinted with nature This will assist the individual to discover the human soul and intuition which will be a reflection period for nature and the individuals psyche Emerson wrote speak what you think nowspeak what tomorrow thinks This would contradict what the individual would say beforehand and how they change what they think or act in an opposite manner which
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