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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or , The Mystic ” ( W 4 : 93 – 146 ) , he incisively criticizes and rejects
Swedenborg ' s study of the spiritual world as having been “ narrowed and
defeated by the exclusively theologic direction ” of his inquiries : “ His perception
of nature is not ...
In another journal passage , however , he referred to poetic perception as “ the
only truth ” because realized “ from within " : Poetry is the only verity . Wordsworth
said of his Ode it was poetry , but he did not know it was the only truth . Poet sees
The process begins with sense perception , “ joyful perception ” ( also described
as " recipiency ' ) , followed by “ pious reception ” or “ obedience ” on the part of
the " intellect receptive . ” As the artist must “ first please the eye , ” so the ...
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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