Wednesday, March 6

Facts about Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Ralph Waldo Emerson.  


This week’s famous poet is Ralph Waldo Emerson. Last week’s famous poet was Lord Byron. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson is a famous poet. He wrote a lot of poems and essays during his lifetime. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a poet, philosopher, essayist, and a lecturer. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents’ names are William and Ruth Emerson (Haskins). He had seven siblings.


Keep reading to find out more about Ralph Waldo Emerson. 


Here is a list of some poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson: 

  • A Good Book
  • Conditions of Life
  • Heart That Lovest All
  • Wiser
  • Friendship
  • The Mountain and the Squirrel
  • The Snow Storm
  • The Rhodora
  • Seek Not
  • Life is Too Short
  • Duty


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Quick facts about Ralph Waldo Emerson: 

1. He was born May 25, 1803, in London, England. He liked to be addressed by his middle name, Waldo.

2. Ralph Waldo Emerson was 78 years old when he died. He passed away on April 27, 1882, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts. He died from pneumonia.

3. The following is one of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poems: 



In an age of fops and toys,

Wanting wisdom, void of right,

Who shall nerve heroic boys

To hazard all in Freedom's fight, -

Break sharply off their jolly games,

Forsake their comrades gay.

And quit proud homes and youthful dames

For famine, toil, and fray?

Yet on the nimble air benign

Speed nimbler messages.

That waft the breath of grace divine

To hearts in sloth and ease.

So nigh is grandeur to our dust,

So near is God to man.

When Duty whispers low, Thou must,

The youth replies, l can.


(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. Ralph Waldo Emerson dreamed of freeing the slaves. He was very concerned with slavery beginning in his youth. He wanted to help put an end to it. He gave speeches about it. He published his writings about race and slavery. He became known as an antislavery activist in his late 40ties.

5. Ralph Emerson became a leading voice of the intellectual culture in the U.S.A. He was a lecturer and was given the nickname, the Sage of Concord. He gave more than 1400 lectures. Here is a list of some of his lectures, essays, and addresses:

  • The Method of Nature 
  • Divinity School Address
  • The Conservative
  • The Transcendentalist
  • The Young American
  • The American Scholar
  • The Conduct of Life
  •   Spiritual Laws

6. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s first wife Ellen Louisa Tucker died from tuberculosis on February 8, 1831. In 1835 he married Lydia Jackson, and they had four children. Here is a list of their children:

  • Waldo
  • Ellen (was named after his first wife)
  • Edith
  • Edward

7. In 1812 Ralph Waldo Emerson began school at Boston Latin School. By the age of fourteen (1817) he was studying at Harvard College. In 1821 he graduated from Harvard at the age of eighteen.

8. Louisa May Alcott had a crush on Ralph Waldo Emerson when she was a young girl. She wrote a book called Moods. Some people believe that the two suitors who fall in love with female in the book are Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Daniel Thoreau.

9. Ralph Waldo Emerson was only seven years old when his father died from stomach cancer. He was raised by his mother, with help from his Aunt Mary Moody Emerson.


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Books about Ralph Waldo Emerson: 

1. A Home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley

2. Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. Emerson's Essays: The Complete First & Second Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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