Transcendentalism embodies the concept that people have a deeper and more profound understanding of the world around them than simply by what they can glimpse with their senses. In this collection of essays and poems, the works of three transcendentalist authors are shared, each with their own impressions and opinions supporting the movement.
The first, Henry David Thoreau, reflects on the idea of simple living yet living deliberately in Walden. He expresses the importance of embarking on a journey of identifying what type of life to live. In Civil Disobedience, Thoreau declares his opinions on government and its inefficiency and uselessness, instead arguing that the people have a right and duty to rebel. Walking, Thoreau’s final publication before his death, is a collection of writings of his thoughts on nature. Written with a visionary tone, the author expresses to the listener the importance of remaining alert to nature.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, a 19th-century transcendentalist philosopher, explores self-sufficiency as a virtue in the essay entitled Self-Reliance. Emerson impresses the value of individual thought, instinct, and action. In Nature, a lengthy essay about the order of the universe, Emerson shares his thoughts about how nature holds the keys to unlocking its mysteries.
Lastly, Walt Whitman, considered one of the most influential poets in American history and heavily influenced by Ralph Waldo Emerson, uses religious symbolism and allegory in Leaves of Grass to share his thoughts on the human body and the power of the human mind.
This collection of some of the greatest and most influential minds of the literary world will inspire you to learn more about the transcendentalism movement and listen to each of the essays and poems in their original version.
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