Category Archives: Emerson (Ralph Waldo)

An Inspiring Speech Draws Upon Poetry

Obama drew powerfully from James Baldwin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Langston Hughes, and Walt Whitman in his Selma speech.

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The Frolic Architecture of the Snow

Ralph Waldo Emerson sees a snow-storm as a master architect and “fierce artificer.”

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The Zen of an Old Growth Forest

Biologist David Haskell approaches forests in a way that is both scientific and poetic.

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Yield to the Perfect Whole, Upend Your Life

To find a sense of deep connectedness, Emerson tell us we can’t cling to fragments.

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A Poem for Meek Lovers of the Good

Reading a poem like Emerson “Brahma”’ is a good occasion to remind ourselves that the oppositions in life that tie us into knots are not all that there is to existence.

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