The Poet as Orphic Singer: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635740
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651658 | DOI:
The Poet as Orphic Singer: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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This chapter takes a look at Ralph Waldo Emerson, who is considered as a poet-intellectual. It reveals that Emerson is believed to be the father of American's cultural independence, as well as the ambiguity of his relationship to Whitman's authority. The last section in the chapter explains how Emerson's concept of historical presence affected his vocabularies of legitimation.

Keywords: Ralph Waldo Emerson; poet-intellectual; cultural independence; historical presence; vocabularies of legitimation

Chapter.  11263 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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