Ralph Waldo Emerson “Letter to walt whitman 1855” Literary discussion animation


Heres a virtual movie of the great Ralph Waldo Emerson reading legendary letter of support to the equaly great Walt Whitman. The letter was written in Concord, Massachusetts, 21 July, 1855. Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, philosopher and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the early 19th century. His teachings directly influenced the growing New Thought movement of the mid 1800s, while he was seen as a champion of individualism and prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society. Walter Whitman (May 31, 1819 March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon Walt Whitman, who was born on this date (May 31) in 1819, altered the direction of American literature when he introduced his first collection of poetry, the initial 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, which contained a dozen untitled pieces and a preface. As Harold Bloom has stated: Whitman founded what is uniquely American in our imaginative literature. Upon publication of the book, Whitman sent a copy to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the nations leading literary figure, and Emerson responded with the following letter of welcome and congratulations, perhaps the most famous and most important item of correspondence in the history of American literature: When Whitman published his second edition of Leaves of Grass in 1856, now consisting of 32 poems, he

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