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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The difference between poetry and what is called “ stock poetry , ” I take to be this
, that in stock poetry the metre is given and the verses are made to it , and in
poetry the sense dictates the tune or march of the words . I think a person of
Preface to Parnassus Not generally available , this preface to Emerson ' s
anthology of poetry in English ( including some translations ) represents his final
effort at evaluative criticism of poetry . At the urging of James R . Osgood , the
His poetry might be bad or good ; he no doubt wanted a lyric facility and technical
skill , but he had the source of poetry in his spiritual perception . He was a good
reader and critic , and his judgment on poetry was to the ground of it . He could ...
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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