We sat in the aurora of a sunrise which was to put out all the stars. Every verse or sentence, possessing this virtue, will take care of its own immortality. Banks and tariffs the newspaper and caucus, methodism and unitarianism, are flat and dull to dull people, but rest on the same foundations of wonder as the town of Troy, and the temple of Delphos, and are as swiftly passing away. The poet is the person in whom these powers are in balance, the man without impediment, who sees and handles that which others dream of, traverses the whole scale of experience, and its representative of man, in virtue of being the largest power to receive and to impart. Ralph Waldo Emerson Short Poems Give All To Love Give all to love; Obey thy heart; Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good fame, Plans, credit, and the muse; Nothing refuse.
All form is an effect of character; all condition, of the quality of life; all harmony, of health; and for this reason, a perception of beauty should be sympathetic, or proper only to the good. But the melodies of the poet ascend, and leap, and pierce into the deeps of infinite time. All the value which attaches to Pythagoras, Paracelsus, Cornelius Agrippa, Cardan, Kepler, Swedenborg, Schelling, Oken, or any other who introduces questionable facts into his cosmogony, as angels, devils, magic, astrology, palmistry, mesmerism, and so on, is the certificate we have of departure from routine, and that here is a new witness. It is with this as it is with toys. In this school of thought, God was not remote and unknowable; believers understood God and themselves by looking into their own souls and by feeling their own connection to nature.
One harvest from thy field Homeward brought the oxen strong; A second crop thine acres yield, Which I gather in a song. Life will no more be a noise; now I shall see men and women, and know the signs by which they may be discerned from fools and satans. The poem is about giving everything to love. The history of hierarchies seems to show, that all religious error consisted in making the symbol too stark and solid, and, at last, nothing but an excess of the organ of language. See the power of national emblems. Then he is apprised, with wonder, what herds of daemons hem him in.
The poorest experience is rich enough for all the purposes of expressing thought. For, though life is great, and fascinates, and absorbs, and though all men are intelligent of the symbols through which it is named, yet they cannot originally use them. The poet alone knows astronomy, chemistry, vegetation, and animation, for he does not stop at these facts, but employs them as signs. This insight, which expresses itself by what is called Imagination, is a very high sort of seeing, which does not come by study, but by the intellect being where and what it sees, by sharing the path, or circuit of things through forms, and making them translucid to others. Our poets are men of talents who sing, and not the children of music. He perceives the independence of the thought on the symbol, the stability of the thought, the accidency and fugacity of the symbol.
Ralph Waldo Emerson—a New England preacher, essayist, lecturer, poet, and philosopher—was one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the nineteenth century in the United States. The Apology Think me not unkind and rude, That I walk alone in grove and glen; I go to the god of the wood To fetch his word to men. Fate itself is the enemy. The soul makes the body, as the wise Spenser teaches:—So every spirit, as it is most pure, And hath in it the more of heavenly light, So it the fairer body doth procure To habit in, and it more fairly dight, With cheerful grace and amiable sight. It is nature the symbol, nature certifying the supernatural, body overflowed by life, which he worships, with coarse, but sincere rites. Over every thing stands its daemon, or soul, and, as the form of the thing is reflected by the eye, so the soul of the thing is reflected by a melody.
The analysis of the poem includes its structure as well as its content. Man, never so often deceived, still watches for the arrival of a brother who can hold him steady to a truth, until he has made it his own. Emerson says that, through the language used, one could get the idea when the poem was written and what was the message conveyed. That spirit which suffices quiet hearts, which seems to come forth to such from every dry knoll of sere grass, from every pinestump, and half-imbedded stone, on which the dull March sun shines, comes forth to the poor and hungry, and such as are of simple taste. This poem belongs to the early period of its authors Concord life. This expression or naming, is not art, but a second nature, grown out of the first, as a leaf out of a tree. In the epigraph, Emerson explains the qualities of a poet who penetrates deeply into the true nature of things around him.
One harvest from thy field Homeward brought the oxen strong; A second crop thine acres yield, Which I gather in a song. After Emerson returned to New England in 1833, he gave public lectures on cultural topics, bought a house in Concord, Massachusetts, and married Lydia Jackson. Emerson disliked Whitman's Leaves of Grass stating that it was essentially too flamboyant. . The poet did not stop at the color, or the form, but read their meaning; neither may he rest in this meaning; but he makes the same objects exponents of his new thought. Fate has a mind of its own and does what it wants.
I will not now consider how much this makes the charm of algebra and the mathematics, which also, have their tropes, but it is felt in every definition; as, when Aristotle defines space to be an immovable vessel, in which things are contained;—or, when Plato defines a line to be a flowing point; or, figure to be a bound of solid; and many the like. He does not stand out of our low limitations, like a Chimborazo under the line, running up from the torrid base through all the climates of the globe, with belts of the herbage of every latitude on its high and mottled sides; but this genius is the landscape garden of a modern house, adorned with fountains and statues, with well-bred men and women standing and sitting in the walks and terraces. The world being thus put under the mind for verb and noun, the poet is he who can articulate it. Yet spake yon purple mountain, Yet said yon ancient wood, That night or day, that love or crime Lead all souls to the Good. Give All to Love By: Ralph Waldo Emerson Give all to love; Obey thy heart; Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good-fame, Plans, credit and the Muse,-- Nothing refuse. I believe in the last stanza he explains that he'll be there to joyfully assist in harvesting the second crop.
The noise which, at a distance, appeared like gnashing and thumping, on coming nearer was found to be the voice of disputants. The essay is exuberant, original, and at times rhapsodic. Sparknotes bookrags the meaning summary overview critique of explanation pinkmonkey. Wherever the life is, that bursts into appearance around it. Theologians think it a pretty air-castle to talk of the spiritual meaning of a ship or a cloud, of a city or a contract, but they prefer to come again to the solid ground of historical evidence; and even the poets are contented with a civil and conformed manner of living, and to write poems from the fancy, at a safe distance from their own experience.
The chief value of the new fact, is to enhance the great and constant fact of Life, which can dwarf any and every circumstance, and to which the belt of wampum, and the commerce of America, are alike. What we call nature, is a certain self-regulated motion, or change; and nature does all things by her own hands, and does not leave another to baptize her, but baptizes herself; and this through the metamorphosis again. One harvest from thy field Homeward brought the oxen strong; A second crop thine acres yield, Which I gather in a song. Tone and Theme of the Poem Due to words with positive connotations such as flowers and song the poem could be deemed with having a joyful tone. In the last section of his essay, Emerson reflects the need of a true American poet, like how Shakespeare was to the British and Dante to the Italians. Actually, his lifestyle choice proves in many ways to be even better, more mystical and existential, than other callings due to the effects of such a lifestyle: philosophy, poetry, writing, music, etc.