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

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


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Poem in iambic pentameter couplets by Emerson, written in 1834 and first published in The Western Messenger (1839). It is collected in Poems (1847). Apropos of the beautiful New England flower, the poet condemns the questioning of the divine creative power: “… if eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being.”

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