Emerson's Literary Criticism
Ralph Waldo Emerson has always fascinated students of criticism and of American literature and thought. Emerson& ’ s Literary Criticism supplies the continuing need for an anthology. This collection brings together Emerson& ’ s literary criticism from a wide variety of sources. Eric W. Carlson has culled both the major statements of Emerson's critical principles and many secondary observations that illuminate them. Here are more than sixty selections on thirty-five critical topics. Headnotes provide valuable background. Carlson relates Emerson& ’ s critical principles to his philosophy, social thought, and literary milieu, and also to biographical details. Intended for the student as well as the researcher, this book amply illustrates Alfred Kazin's contention that Ralph Waldo Emerson was "one of the shrewdest critics who ever lived."
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He was content to fall into the track of vulgar poets and spend on common aims
his splendid endowments , and has declined the office proffered to now and then
a man in many centuries in the power of his genius , of a Redeemer of the ...
... its poetry is common sense inspired ; or iron raised to white heat . The
marriage of the two qualities is in their speech . It is a tacit rule of the language to
make the frame or skeleton of Saxon words , and , when elevation or ornament is
The evaluative criteria applied here are twofold : Burns ' s values —
independence , labor , common sense , reform , nature — and the melody and
dialect of Burns ' s songs . As general - essay criticism , this is Emerson almost at
his best .
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Editor Carlson gathered this selection of Emerson's literary criticism in 1979. The great poet here ruminates on "Art as Experience," "The Creative Process," "Writers and Books," and more. Read full review