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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Merlin ' s mighty line ” echoes the primal forces in the universe and in the hearts
of men , both primitive and civilized ( II . 14 - 26 ) . ... Indeed , within the limits of its
mostly end - stopped four - stress lines , it makes very effective functional use of ...
He led me out into his garden , and showed me the gravel walk in which
thousands of his lines were composed . His eyes are much inflamed . This is no
loss except for reading , because he never writes prose , and of poetry he carries
JMN 14 : 288 also includes the lines omitted from the J version ( after “ alive ” ) : “
And such a line occurs sometimes , as , ' You hardly know me yet ' [ " Merlin and
Vivien , ” l . 353 ] Again C . objects , that he has taken this old legend , instead of ...
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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