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 is representative of man, in virtue of being the largest power to receive and to impart.
In his essay “the poet,” emerson expresses his belief that poetry, like any art, should be organic rather than simply metrically or musically beautiful:for it is not metres, but a metre-making argument, that makes a poem,—a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing . The saylor foundation 1 ralph waldo emerson’s “the poet” while now best known as a philosopher, essayist, and lecturer, emerson, at different times in his career, avowed that he saw himself first and foremost as.
Lecturer, poet, essayist, and lapsed unitarian minister, ralph waldo emerson lived during a time of intellectual blossoming in america and was associated with the transcendentalist movement emerson was born in 1803, the son of a unitarian minister, and grew up in boston, massachusetts.
Ralph waldo emerson papers, 1814–1867 (25 boxes) are housed at the rare book and manuscript library at columbia university ralph waldo emerson additional papers, 1852–1898 (5 linear feet) are housed at houghton library at harvard university.
Hence, the true poet, who puts into words what others feel but cannot express, speaks for all men and women the epigraphs that open the essay are emerson's the moody child described in the first epigraph prefigures the essential qualities of the poet, who sees with a penetrating gaze deep into the true nature of things. The poet is one among the essays of emerson that was published in the first edition in 1844 in this essay, emerson speaks about what a true poet is and how a true poet is able to express the thoughts and puts the words, what many people cannot do. 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 emerson was also the first major american literary and intellectual figure to widely explore, write seriously about, and seek to broaden the domestic audience for classical asian and middle eastern works.
In 1832, he became a transcendentalist, leading to the later essays self-reliance and the american scholar emerson continued to write and lecture into the late 1870s he died on april 27, 1882, in concord, massachusetts early life and education ralph waldo emerson was born on may 25, 1803, in boston, massachusetts.