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Have someone ever written something so well; that it has influenced the lives of future poets? Well, Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of these many poets who have done this. Emerson has lived a splendid life since the early years through his adult years.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803, and his birth took place in Boston, Massachusetts. Ralph’s father was a reverend named William Emerson. Ralph had three brothers, all with different problems. One brother had spent most of his days in a mental institution. The second brother died of a horrible mental sickness. Last, the youngest brother of them all died of tuberculosis in the 1836. Emerson went to Harvard Law School for college. As a freshman, Ralph was voted for president of his class. Despite these accomplishments, he was marked by poverty, frustration, and sickness.

Ralph W. Emerson grew up to be a great person. Still, at the age of thirty, Emerson suffered from poor health including lung disease. He had many jobs such as an author and a critic. Ralph was also a transcendentalist for a type thought. He was well known for being an essayist, a philosopher, and a poet. Ralph found his love, Ellen Louisa Tucker, in Concord, New Hampshire. Death came knocking at Ellen’s door at the age of twenty; she suffered from tuberculosis also. With Ralph’s heart broken, he still married again to the lucky Lydia Jackson. Emerson also met Lydia in Concord. Later in his life, there was proof found that Ralph W. Emerson was bisexual. Sadly, on the day of April 27,1882, the world lost a great poet name Ralph Waldo Emerson. He died at the age of seventy-eight in Concord, Massachusetts. He is currently resting in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

Even though Emerson did not receive many top awards, he still had monuments built after him. In Concord, Massachusetts, there is a national park built after him. His writing did influence the writing of future great writers including: Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Ives, and many more. Emerson wrote a multitude of wonderful poems such as “Concord Hymn” and “The Rhodora”

In conclusion, Ralph Waldo Emerson was an all around poet with his ups and downs through out life. He lived his cheerful childhood, later on went through his mourning adult years. He had poets look up to him and monuments built for him. So if looking at books and Ralph wrote one, pick it up I’m sure it will be good.


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Concord Hymn

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

Their flag to April's breeze unfurled;



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