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"Essays and Poems," by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics" New introductions "Essays and Poems," by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics" New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. As an adolescent America searched for its unique identity among the nations of the world, a number of thinkers and writers emerged eager to share their vision of what the American character could be. Among their leaders was Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose essays, lectures, and poems defined the American transcendentalist movement, though he himself disliked the term.Emerson advocates a rejection of fear-driven conformity, a total independence of thought and spirit, and a life lived in harmony with nature. He believes that Truth lies within each individual, for each is part of a greater whole, a universal "over-soul" through which we transcend the merely mortal. Emerson was extremely prolific throughout his life; his collected writings fill forty volumes. This edition contains his major works, including Nature, the essays "Self-Reliance," "The American Scholar," "The Over-Soul," "Circles," "The Poet," and "Experience, " and such important poems as "The Rhodora," "Uriel," "The Humble-Bee," "Earth-Song," "Give All to Love," and the well-loved "Concord Hymn."Includes a comprehensive glossary of names. Peter Norberg has been Assistant Professor of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia since 1997. A specialist in New England transcendentalism and the history of the antebellum period, he also has published on Herman Melville's poetry. He currently is writing a history of Emerson's career as a public lecturer.


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"Essays and Poems," by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics" New introductions "Essays and Poems," by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics" New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. As an adolescent America searched for its unique identity among the nations of the world, a number of thinkers and writers emerged eager to share their vision of what the American character could be. Among their leaders was Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose essays, lectures, and poems defined the American transcendentalist movement, though he himself disliked the term.Emerson advocates a rejection of fear-driven conformity, a total independence of thought and spirit, and a life lived in harmony with nature. He believes that Truth lies within each individual, for each is part of a greater whole, a universal "over-soul" through which we transcend the merely mortal. Emerson was extremely prolific throughout his life; his collected writings fill forty volumes. This edition contains his major works, including Nature, the essays "Self-Reliance," "The American Scholar," "The Over-Soul," "Circles," "The Poet," and "Experience, " and such important poems as "The Rhodora," "Uriel," "The Humble-Bee," "Earth-Song," "Give All to Love," and the well-loved "Concord Hymn."Includes a comprehensive glossary of names. Peter Norberg has been Assistant Professor of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia since 1997. A specialist in New England transcendentalism and the history of the antebellum period, he also has published on Herman Melville's poetry. He currently is writing a history of Emerson's career as a public lecturer.

30 review for Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

  1. 5 out of 5

    James

    Book Review I had read Emerson’s works once before and I hated it at first reaction always. Well, I decided to read it thoroughly and try to understand it. I was utterly amazed. He had such profound and wonderful things to say. I honestly was deeply touched. I decided to write down everything I got from his piece. It is in very fragmented thoughts, so it may not be in grammatically correct sentences. Well, here goes... Look through our eyes today and not through someone’s from the past. All Book Review I had read Emerson’s works once before and I hated it at first reaction always. Well, I decided to read it thoroughly and try to understand it. I was utterly amazed. He had such profound and wonderful things to say. I honestly was deeply touched. I decided to write down everything I got from his piece. It is in very fragmented thoughts, so it may not be in grammatically correct sentences. Well, here goes... Look through our eyes today and not through someone’s from the past. All questions have answers. It is true in nature also. Nature just exists. It is abstract truth. Look at nature as a collective thing - not individual things. Going into nature you become one with it and with yourself. Removed from civilization, you can truly absorb all nature has to offer. Not as a man with biased opinion and view, but like a child free from corrupting suggestions. Free-ness from others opinions - on your own. We are changing, but not by choice. Go with flow and claim independence (from England). We have grown too far apart from one another. Unity has slowly begun to disappear and therefore, men, too individualistic, are no longer complete. We are so defined by what we do - our occupations. This is bad. Scholar means intellect. Be a student and learn. He is too far separated from the other “men.” Life, in nature, as a scholar, is like a circle. No beginning. No end. Order is so complete. Learning is the main focus of scholars and do it through organization and order. We all take things to mean “know thyself, study nature.” Influences on scholar are (1) nature, (2) past - through books, etc., (3) self-action. What you know and take in may not be what you get out of the book. Changes will always occur. Adapt to them. Don’t just accept what you read. Decipher a meaning out of it for yourself. Souls see the truth. You must reach down deep and touch your soul. It won’t and can’t always be easy. Working hard helps you discover your answers. The past literature can always hit your soul and explain your life today to you. The general knowledge we learn and dislike to learn helps us to create ideas and such for us. When you let something pass you by without learning it or catching it, you lose some power. Everything will take off at one time or another. Don’t stop things from growing. Learn from your life experience. Live a little. Become the thinker. Sometimes you can’t change things, you must accept them the way that they are. We will never learn absolutely everything, for there are barriers. Let yourself go and be open. Tell people who you truly are and be open to accept them. As a boy we have the old world classical thoughts. As a youth, romantic ones, and as an adult, we are reflective. Explore the “common.” Today explains the past and the future. The individual is important. World is nothing. Man is all. Get away from Europe. This is what Emerson has to say in a nutshell. I was amazed and inspired by his words. I am looking forward to Thoreau, another man I thought to be not very interesting. Maybe, I will have to start really reading things quickly. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. 4 out of 5

    travis

    great works are timeless. sometimes the right book finds you at the right time and makes everything ok.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Lyle

    This is astounding. There is a reason why Emerson's words show up on everything from bookmarks to refridgerator magnets. They're pristine and profound. Some of these essays will stay with you long after you read them, as they reach far into your head and heart and demand you to be honest with yourself. The poetry is a little less, but still far reaching. This is astounding. There is a reason why Emerson's words show up on everything from bookmarks to refridgerator magnets. They're pristine and This is astounding. There is a reason why Emerson's words show up on everything from bookmarks to refridgerator magnets. They're pristine and profound. Some of these essays will stay with you long after you read them, as they reach far into your head and heart and demand you to be honest with yourself. The poetry is a little less, but still far reaching. This is astounding. There is a reason why Emerson's words show up on everything from bookmarks to refridgerator magnets. They're pristine and profound. Some of these essays will stay with you long after you read them, as they reach far into your head and heart and demand you to be honest with yourself. The poetry is a little less, but still far reaching.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    I first read Emerson in an American Literature course and immediately fell in love. I'm a big fan of nature so the transcendentalist view attracted my attention. Emerson uses very intense vocabulary and sentence structure, but once you spend the time to read things slowly you can decipher so much meaning in his writing. His work is an example of how I hope to write in the future, full of knowledge, experience and eloquence. He gave me an entire new appreciation for nature, making me reconsider I first read Emerson in an American Literature course and immediately fell in love. I'm a big fan of nature so the transcendentalist view attracted my attention. Emerson uses very intense vocabulary and sentence structure, but once you spend the time to read things slowly you can decipher so much meaning in his writing. His work is an example of how I hope to write in the future, full of knowledge, experience and eloquence. He gave me an entire new appreciation for nature, making me reconsider even some of my religious beliefs. I see things in nature that I would have never noticed before from his writing. He's definitely one of my favorites.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Dean

    In school I just learned about Ralph Waldo Emerson the poet. They never taught about him as a thinker and philosopher. This book was amazing. The man was an absolute genius. I highly recommend reading this to gain a wider vision of life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anam Zahra

    Every single word in this BOOK by Ralph is truly magical and touched my soul too. Everyone like me can learn a true meaning of all expressions and feelings in its best way!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

    A book I will probably always be reading. It's full of such great wisdom that to say," I'm done," with this work would be a travesty.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Janet Diaz

    This is one of those books destined to remain with us for a lifetime. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get to the marrow of life without fear.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lesliemae

    From Self-Reliance: "There is one mind common among all men." "I would write on the lintels of my doorpost: Whim." "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature" -------------- May 2009 inscription: I fell for **** this month and have constructed an entire imaginary future - is this wrong to entertain? Frustrating, yes, but wrong? I look at @@@ and know I really do like being with him, but want **** too. August 2009 inscription: **** and I went on a scooter trip on Friday to start the perfect long From Self-Reliance: "There is one mind common among all men." "I would write on the lintels of my doorpost: Whim." "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature" -------------- May 2009 inscription: I fell for **** this month and have constructed an entire imaginary future - is this wrong to entertain? Frustrating, yes, but wrong? I look at @@@ and know I really do like being with him, but want **** too. August 2009 inscription: **** and I went on a scooter trip on Friday to start the perfect long weekend with a perfect day. It was sunny, a first for the past month of July was only briefly punctuated with sun amidst a Dostoevsky-like text of rain. We went out to Limehouse, Ontario - climbed a tree and laid in a field of clover. I read him Jeanette Winterson while he laid on his back and smoked Djarum cigarettes. We laid in the field with the sun beating down on us until we were well roasted and decided to leave for a nearby quarry/pond to cool off. Floating on our backs in the pond we watched the clouds or swam among the ripples of light the sun made with each subtle movement spreading in wide arches around us. He was swimming around with his white bum popping above the dark surface here and there, and I felt all "one love" with the trees, the water, and the mossy beards that randomly floated up from the bottom and puffed out into thousands of brown dandelion parachutes as they brushed against you. I felt naturally and creatively part of the scene and with ****. As we laid in the tall grass drying off, the ants bit our feet. I could have rolled over and been directly in his arms and felt totally right there. Instead I read him pieces of Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America as I rubbed a wheat weed across his legs to dissuade the ants. Riding home I felt my hand on his chest just below his heart - holding him lightly as we sped through the fields down empty country roads. I didn't want to leave the moment. A moment where the side of the road vanishes into grass, then into field, where the scooter sways with the wind and the winding road - his body and mine are one with every gentle movement. I didn't want to think past the moment or about a time when my hand would not rest on his chest just below his heart. "To believe your own thought, to believe what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius." (Self-Reliance)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kimber

    Emerson is an American prophet and is the genius behind the Transcendentalist movement. He foresaw the spiritual renaissance, the direction that America was heading in and was ahead of his time in how he saw religion (as opposed to how the masses saw it) as were all the Transcendentalists with him. Unfortunately, his writing suffers from his overwrought style. It just does not hold up and is cumbersome, very difficult to get through. Where his genius really comes through is where it is tightly Emerson is an American prophet and is the genius behind the Transcendentalist movement. He foresaw the spiritual renaissance, the direction that America was heading in and was ahead of his time in how he saw religion (as opposed to how the masses saw it) as were all the Transcendentalists with him. Unfortunately, his writing suffers from his overwrought style. It just does not hold up and is cumbersome, very difficult to get through. Where his genius really comes through is where it is tightly woven, like in a perfect sentence or group of sentences, where his writing becomes austere and wise. I also love his response to the Abolitionist movement, which is that he thought that it mattered not if society changes, but the individual does not change. And we can still see today these race issues where society was altered before humankind was. "All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Great excerpts from his speeches on the evolution of man's skill, the inspiration and limitation of books, the importance of direct experience, how memories evolve with time, trusting our instincts and being ourselves. "To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, - that is genius." "Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted Great excerpts from his speeches on the evolution of man's skill, the inspiration and limitation of books, the importance of direct experience, how memories evolve with time, trusting our instincts and being ourselves. "To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, - that is genius." "Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession." "Always do what you are afraid to do."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brian Barnett

    "I feel that nothing can befall me in life--no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes) which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground--my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite spaces--all mean egoitism vanishes." However, "To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child. The lover of nature is "I feel that nothing can befall me in life--no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes) which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground--my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite spaces--all mean egoitism vanishes." However, "To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

  13. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hanson

    While these essays definitely take a bit of effort to read, they are well worth it. I read this on and off over a period of a year or so. I appreciated that it was easy to pick up, read an essay, and then come back to it later when I had the time. There were so many wonderful bits of knowledge and deep insights included in this book. I found myself constantly underlining things I read and thinking about the ideas throughout the day. Emerson is one of the few 'classic' writers that deserves the While these essays definitely take a bit of effort to read, they are well worth it. I read this on and off over a period of a year or so. I appreciated that it was easy to pick up, read an essay, and then come back to it later when I had the time. There were so many wonderful bits of knowledge and deep insights included in this book. I found myself constantly underlining things I read and thinking about the ideas throughout the day. Emerson is one of the few 'classic' writers that deserves the label. A great collection of essays that can be revisted over and over.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    If RW were alive today, he'd be a bestselling self-help guru. This book is fantastic. There are some lesser known essays in this book that are excellent. One such essay is called "Illusions." Self-reliance is a classic essay as is Nature. Power is very interesting as well. I'm not much for Ralph's poetry but he sure could write an amazing essay!

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Reynolds

    Timeless, thoughtful, engaging, a great read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    I don't agree with everything he says, but what he does say, HE SAYS IT SO WELL.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Doreen Wallace

    This should be required reading for everyone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aldrich Johnson

    A good read. Essays and Poems is a must read for all literature student

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    From the blur of college classes, I remember this lovely prose.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I skipped around a lot, but I enjoyed reading his poems and his essays.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Eick

    Emerson is at once thoroughly engrossing and repetitively dull. He waxes on, quite often, about simplicity and straightforwardness in what feels like needlessly obtuse rhetoric. Whether it is simply the distinction in time between he and I or a genuine irony in his prose is difficult to say. Regardless, he is definitely a brilliant mind seeking desperately to sink the literary geist into the American tradition. He foreshadows Melville, Hawthorne, Twain, and Whitman as the pioneering settlers of Emerson is at once thoroughly engrossing and repetitively dull. He waxes on, quite often, about simplicity and straightforwardness in what feels like needlessly obtuse rhetoric. Whether it is simply the distinction in time between he and I or a genuine irony in his prose is difficult to say. Regardless, he is definitely a brilliant mind seeking desperately to sink the literary geist into the American tradition. He foreshadows Melville, Hawthorne, Twain, and Whitman as the pioneering settlers of the early American literary genius.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Devon

    Emerson was a spineless opportunist who took ideas from everyone with whom he was ever in contact. His verse is uninspiring and his prose is convoluted...While I don't deny his ideas were crucial in the shaping of the American identity, I believe the Emersonian tradition of self-reliance contributed to the capitalist nightmare we have to deal with today. Also, his ideas about feminism are upsetting: he only seemed to be concerned with how women on equal footing with men would be beneficial for Emerson was a spineless opportunist who took ideas from everyone with whom he was ever in contact. His verse is uninspiring and his prose is convoluted...While I don't deny his ideas were crucial in the shaping of the American identity, I believe the Emersonian tradition of self-reliance contributed to the capitalist nightmare we have to deal with today. Also, his ideas about feminism are upsetting: he only seemed to be concerned with how women on equal footing with men would be beneficial for men, intellectually. All in all, I wasn't impressed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Janean

    I don't know if I can actually classify this book as 'read', since I just couldn't get through it and abandoned it after a week. I really tried, but 30 pages into the first essay and I couldn't tell ya what I just read. So, I skipped to the next one and only made it 5 pages in before I flipped to the poetry. Poetry may not be my thing. It was so abstract and boring to me that I just put this one down. Sorry Mr. Emerson!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Emerson has alot to say. Unfortunately, He has too much to say and his writing (speeches) are convoluted and difficult to follow. He is so discursive that I often wondered what subject he was addressing. No doubt of his intelligence(crazy genius?) and while he uses reason, his in depth expositions are like blather. This book took me 7 months to finish, I read 40 other books while avoiding this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rhea Rosier

    I am biased and totally in love with Ralph Waldo Emerson. Everything he thinks and puts down into words hits home with me. Truly life changing in its simplicity and understanding of the world around us. I have read nearly everything he has ever written and some of it multiple times. If I had to recommend specific essays they would be Circles and The Over-Soul.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Jewett

    I have second edition copies of Emerson essays. They're all heavy reads and require critical thinking (essays are not my forte) but I find them moving and necessary reads for all. The mark of a good piece of writing is whether it makes you look deeper into yourself. Emerson's writing does that for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David

    Almost certainly my desert island book. I first read Emerson in college and have returned to him more or less annually ever since. Returning again to him this past summer was an invigorating experience. Those new to Emerson should start with "The American Scholar."

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I read "Self Reliance" and "Experience" for my Modern/PostModern MOOC course from Wesleyan. Emerson is as relevant today as he was then. To thine own self be true...No that was Shakespeare. Well, these are universals but it's good to have it all spelled out for you. It helps you look at yourself.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    I've read several essays already, and I must admit, he is quite a form of genius. "Nature", being the longest, is one of the most thought-provoking of all of them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Savering

    One of my favorites!!

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