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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Lycidas , ” with its “ marble beauty , ” was organically “ a copy from the poet ' s
mind . . . as clear and wild as it had shone at first in the sky of his own thought . ”
Paradise Lost , despite its dated theology and “ vicious . . . royal imagery ” and ...
For as it is dislocation and detachment from the life of God that makes things ugly
, the poet , who re - attaches things to ... Readers of poetry see the factory -
village and the railway , and fancy that the poetry of the landscape is broken up
The Brahmins and Pythagoras propounded the same question , and if any poet
has witnessed the transformation he doubtless found it in harmony with various
experiences . We have all seen changes as considerable in wheat and
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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