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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Plato ' s idea of the soul as pervasive throughout nature leads Emerson to list a
series of interpenetrative polarities and to recognize Plato as the " balanced soul
” who perceived and absorbed both Eastern and European values . Though Plato
The soul makes the body , as the wise Spenser teaches :“ So every spirit , as it is
more pure , And hath in it the more of heavenly light , So it the fairer body doth
procure To habit in , and it more fairly dight , With cheerful grace and amiable
So when the soul of the poet has come to ripeness of thought , she detaches and
sends away from it its poems or songs , - a fearless , sleepless , deathless
progeny , which is not exposed to the accidents of the weary kingdom of time ; a ...
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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