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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Despite his free - verse experiments , Emerson surrendered to conventional
metrics in his final drafts . Whitman ' s Leaves of Grass came too late to serve
Emerson as a guide or challenge in his own poetic practice . “ Merlin ”
pronounced that ...
so often combined but that a good sentence or verse remains fresh and
memorable for a long time . Yet when we write with ease and come out into the
free air of thought , we seem to be assured that nothing is easier than to continue
verse to his topic , and not to write solemn pentameters alike on a hero or a
spaniel . His good sense probably elected the ballad to make his audience larger
. He apprehended in advance the immense enlargement of the reading public ...
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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