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Monday, October 8th, 2007
1:30 pm
Any Emerson fans from Florida?
Just wondering if any one who lived near Orlando is a fan of Emerson.
Thursday, June 28th, 2007
2:04 pm
Knock knock

Hi,I'm new.
Anybody home?

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, June 7th, 2007
9:09 pm
"man hopes, genius creates" 

^ a call to life.
Monday, July 31st, 2006
10:49 pm
Re-reading Self-Reliance
I've been re-reading Self-Reliance, and I'm finding some things I haven't noticed before, or haven't paid enough attention to. I'm reminded what it was about this essay that rang so true to me, but I'm also finding that some of it doesn't ring as true to me anymore. Some of it even seems rather simplistic and short-sighted.

I'm also reading his biography, Emerson: The Mind on Fire. Emerson's subversiveness was subtle but effective. I want to understand how he was able to walk that tightrope of staying true to himself while not alienating himself from his culture.

One cool thing about Emerson is how every sentence is so pregnant with meaning, so doused with wisdom that you can practically pick one quote at random and stick it on your refrigerator, or put it in your wallet, as a reminder of what really matters in life. I've decided to pick out some of those quotes that had meaning to me before and those that have meaning to me now, and discuss them in future journal entries.

To a 17 year old euneeblic, this essay was like throwing a steak to a hungry wolf. I feel like I've been sustaining my hunger on that steak for over a decade, and now I'm starting to wonder, is there anything to eat besides steak?

I especially love this analogy, since I'm a vegetarian. :)

x-posted to euneeblic
Friday, April 14th, 2006
9:34 pm
Indian Superstition
So sorry to bother you all...

I'm trying to find a copy of Emerson's "Indian Superstition" (1821) for some research I'm doing. Do any of you know if there is a digital verion of this poem anywhere online?

Many thanks!

[edit: Okay, never mind, found a copy at the library.]
Thursday, March 2nd, 2006
3:28 pm
what's up around here?
This place is a little quiet, sadly. Emerson is always relevant. He's the fucking man. Anyway, I heard recently that Robert Frost's favorite poem was The Rhodora. I've always liked this poem, but I have a hard time imagining cranky, crazy old Robert Frost loving it that much. Well anyway, The Rhodora.

The Rhodora: On Being Asked, Whence Is the Flower?

In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook.
The purple petals, fallen in the pool,
Made the black water with their beauty gay;
Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array.
Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being:
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask, I never knew:
But, in my simple ignorance, suppose
The self-same Power that brought me there brought you.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
7:52 pm
for those that take a transcendentalist approach to things:

i have started a new community with daily writing activities.

they are all different genres and will span many stimuli.

you can participate as much or as little as you choose.

it is writer's workshop style.

Sunday, September 25th, 2005
8:00 pm
Thoreau Imatation and Analysis...
I know that this is an Emerson community...but perhaps someone could help me with a little thing about his Mentee... :)

So, for WR 100...we have to write a paper, on any topic, imitating the style of Thoreau in Walden...so if anyone has read it...could you help me out and perhaps read my paper and tell me if I'm on the right track...if it is Thoreau like...lol...

Imitation and Analysis PaperCollapse )

(x-posted in my journal)

Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
4:54 pm
Emerson on Society taken from Self-relience
Emerson on Society taken from Self-relience

Society everywhere is conspiracy againist the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater.

Does this sound like it refers to imperialism to anyone else?

Thursday, March 10th, 2005
4:53 pm
I'm going to reread Nature today, in case anyone would like to know. How awesome is Nature? The answer is, of course, VERY awesome.

Current Mood: chipper
Saturday, February 12th, 2005
9:40 pm
quote help
Okay, I need help finding an Emerson quote that I came across yesterday. It didn't include a citation and I don't remember it well word-for-word, but could roughly be paraphrased as something like: "Don't look at me, look at what I'm looking at"--having something to do with guidance, teaching, respect, and so forth. Does it ring a bell for anyone?
Sunday, February 6th, 2005
10:56 pm
Culture Jam
I'm not sure if any of you have heard of John Muir, or Upton Sinclair's The Jungle

I've found them to be close in relation to Thoreau and Emerson, especially John Muir. He's a fanatic and puts Thoreau and Emerson bluntly, pretty much calling us sloths.

If you're into the simplistic side of Transcendentalism, and aren't into consumerism and spending $500,000 for a stucco box with vaulted ceilings, or a $50,000 machine that takes up two lanes of traffic and you require a $500 cell phone/i pod/computer to talk to the person in the back seat because you can't hear them over the headrest tv's, I would read the book Culture Jam

It's possibly the greatest $13 you'll ever spend

Seriously, it's an amazing piece of work :)
Saturday, January 22nd, 2005
11:36 am
Who can set the bounds of the possibilities of man?
I just joined and I'm very into transcendentalism. Thoreau and Emerson are my heroes. Just wondering if anyone could suggest some works by T and E besides Walden, "Nature," "Self-Reliance," "Friendship," and "Experience," or other authors whom I might find enlightening. Also, is there anywhere on the internet where I can find Emerson essays in their entirety? Please let me know.<3

Under the cut, quotes from Emerson's essays that I found particularly brilliant.

Children, eat your victuals and say no more of it.Collapse )

That's all for now.

Current Mood: indescribable
Monday, January 10th, 2005
8:53 am
from "Circles"
I Just bought Nature and Other Writing by Emerson, who is one of my heroes. The first quotes is from Circles, even before the essays begin. It seems the quote is used so early because it fits Emerson's philosophy and life so well. Hopefully, it hasn't been used yet, but if so, first, let me apologise, second, I REAFFIRM the following:

"Alas for this infirm faith, this will
not strenuous, this vast ebb of a
vast flow! I am God in nature;
I am a weed by the wall."
Emerson- "circles"

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005
10:20 am
I have to read and fully understand "The Divinity Address" for my honors class, and I have conquered the reading, but I could use some help with the understanding. I'm pretty sure I grasp the overall concept, but the goal is to know the entire speech pretty much in and out, and I'm not sure I can do that on my own.
If anyone knows a site where I can get some help analyzing the writing, or anything that could be even slightly helpful, I would greatly appreciate it.
Wednesday, December 15th, 2004
11:05 pm
Thoughts on Nature and Other Writings
Hello All,

I've been away in my own world a while. I just bought Nature and Other Writings. If anyone has read it I just want a preview, say the 3 best quotes.thanks for any thoughts-Kapwrit
Wednesday, December 8th, 2004
9:58 pm
Emerson Quotes
I have been an RWE fan for a couple years now. I find and use his quotes frequently. They inspire me to step up and meet the challenges to a good life. I have a number of websites to source his quotes, which you too might have. I wasn't sure if this is the place to list them though.

Recently, I discovered this quote which has made me pause, and which I think would make Emerson feel he has successfully made his point (at least to me)about self reliance:

"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saturday, December 4th, 2004
10:11 am
I'm just curious because I've seen so much about Emerson, if anyone knows about Henry David Thoreau who was greatly influenced by Emerson, and fulfilled many of Emerson's ideas, like actually going out to Walden Pond in Concord and living in a house he made for two years writing his famous book, Walden.
I adopted Transcendentalism about 3 months ago, and I think it's great to find a place where I can talk about it with other people who share the same beliefs. I have exerpts from Emerson's Self Reliance, but I've mostly been reading Thoreau, but from what everyone's been writing it seems like it's definitely something I need to look further into. :) Anyways, have a great day.

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, November 18th, 2004
4:09 pm
A Call for Quotes
does anyone have good quotations where he dicussed the process for writing or publication?
Friday, October 22nd, 2004
12:51 pm
New Member
Hello to all My name to Kapwrit. I'm a new member and a devout Emerson Fanatic. I espeacially like Self-relience. Even though it was written in 1841 every word
still hold ture. I study Zen Buddhism so Self-relience has even more bearing for me because self relience is important to buddhism as well. I've joined this community to expand my knowledge on Emerson and be around people who likewise value him.

A quote or two which can be found in Self-relience but have greater importance as a theme to live by and legacy of Emerson's contribution to the act of Lit
, and society as a whole.

"Whosoever be a man, must be a non-conformist"


"Imitation is suicide."

So be your own. -Kapwrit

Current Mood: like a cool breeze
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