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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early nineteenth century. Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, son of the Rev. William Emerson, a Unitarian minister in a famous line of ministers. He gradually drifted from the doctrines of his peers, then formulated and first expressed the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature. As a result of this ground breaking work he gave a speech entitled The American Scholar in 1837, which is considered to be America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence." Emerson's father, who called his son "a rather dull scholar", died in 1811, less than two weeks short of Emerson's 8th birthday. The young Emerson was subsequently sent to the Boston Latin School in 1812 at the age of nine. In October 1817, at fourteen, Emerson went to Harvard College and was appointed the Freshman's President, a position which gave him a room free of charge. He waited tables at Commons, a dining hall at Harvard, reducing the cost of his board to one quarter of the full fee, and he received a scholarship. To complement his meager salary, he tutored and taught during the winter vacation at his Uncle Ripley's school in Waltham, Massachusetts.

If the red slayer think he slays,
Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not wel... [read poem]
give all to love
Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good fame,
Pla... [read poem]
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