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

 

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Elegiac poem by Emerson, published in Poems (1847). Arranged in alternately rhymed couplets of irregular fourstress lines, the work is a lyric expression of the poet's sorrow at the death of his five-year-old son Waldo. Following a passage of deep grief and lamentation, he concludes by finding consolation in the Platonic theory of an eternal changeless divinity into which all transitory appearances are finally resolved:House and tenant go to ground,Lost in God, in Godhead found.

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