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Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston Massachusetts in 1803 Gagne 1 Emerson grew up with five brothers and two sisters Yanella 1 He was highly educated and graduated from Harvard at the age of eighteen in 1821 He then attend the Harvard Divinity school in 1825 Yanella 3 Due to Emersons sophisticated style he is difficult to read but such an interesting poet that in the end a person never regrets the effort to understand this important figure in American culture After his studies at Harvard Emerson entered the ministry and became a preacher in the Old Second Church Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 During this time he married Ellen Tucker who dies of tuberculosis seventeen months later after their marriage Gagne 1 Unable to continue Emerson resigns from the church in 1831 Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 A year after his wifes death Emerson travels to England to and visits Thomas Carlyle and Samuel Coleridge who were two English writers Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Emerson became good friends with Carlyle who helped Emerson form his own views of the world in which he lived in Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Emerson returned from Europe in 1833 to settle in Concord Massachusetts where he became known as the person to who challenged traditional thought Gange 1 Here in Concord he met and married his second wife Lydia Jackson in 1835 Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 He also joined a literature group in his area and became the chief spokesman of the group which was involved in the concept of Transcendentalism This is a theory that goes against scientific rationalism Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Emerson wrote his first book Nature in 1936 which best expressed his theory of Transcendentalism Emerson states this theory as Everything in our world-even a drop of dew-is a microcosm of the universe Ralph Waldo Emerson 1 Emerson said you should disregard outside
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