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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20 For Emerson , this poetic method and symbolic vision would not demean the
object or the thing known for the sake of solipsistic introspection , but would , as
in the dialogues of Plato , uncover “ a germ of expansion ” in every fact , so that ...
Except for Whitman , American poets were like most English poets - of the "
contemporary , ” not the " eternal ” class . ... fell under the critical category of “
portfolio ” poets - poets of sincerity and insight , but of limited range and poetic
He could not be deceived as to the presence or absence of the poetic element in
any composition , and his thirst for this made him negligent and perhaps scornful
of superficial graces . He would pass by many delicate rhythms , but he would ...
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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