Notice: I am currently making some changes to the site. Some pages will look different to others until I am finished. See the front cover of this book image will open in new tab. A series of essays this edition includes both the First Series, published in , and the Second Series, published in written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, concerning transcendentalism.
Ever since I was a boy, I have wished to write a discourse on Compensation: for it seemed to me when very young, that on this subject life was ahead of theology, and the people knew more than the preachers taught. When the act of reflection takes place in the mind, when we look at ourselves in the light of thought, we discover that our life is embosomed in beauty. Behind us, as we go, all things assume pleasing forms, as clouds do far off. Every promise of the soul has innumerable fulfilments; each ofnt. Nature, uncontainable, flowing, forelooking, in the first sentiment of kindness anticipates already a benevolence which shall lose all particular regards in its general light.
The essay elaborates on his romantic perspective likewise held by the new scientists of his age like Goethe and Darwin of life as process and flux, rather than stasis or perfection. Permanence is but a word of degrees. Emerson uses the symbol of the circle as both a metaphor of life and as an organizing principle to articulate his perspective.
Essays: First Series, is a series of essays written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, published in , concerning transcendentalism. When they are real, they are not glass beads or frost-work but the solidest thing we know This and other interesting essays are included in Essays First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the distinguished American philosopher and writer. Apart from writing, he was also a very gifted and popular public speaker who toured the length and breadth of the country sharing his ideas with the larger public. A distinguishing feature of Emerson's work in both lectures and writings was that he initially focused on religious and spiritual matters like many of his contemporaries, but in time, he moved away from such a narrow range and deepened and broadened the nature of his ideas.