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Title piece of a volume of poems by Emerson, published in 1867. It is a rhapsodic ode in praise of nature's beauties, in irregular tetrameter verse, alternately rhymed or in couplets. The poet conceives Spring, “Daughter of Heaven and Earth,” to be languishing “with sudden passion” on May Day, following the snowbound winter. In a series of vivid images, he evokes the specific beauties of the season and their invigorating effect on all life. In accord with the philosophic doctrines developed in Nature, he shows that as lovely Spring complements unlovely Winter, so nature contains a variety of elements, which must be seen in their complex interrelations in order that the whole may be understood.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803—1882) American philosopher and poet


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