Collected Poems and Translations

Collected Poems and Translations

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Penguin Putnam
Emerson’s incomparable brilliance as a prose writer has often overshadowed his remarkable gifts as a poet. The Library of America’s Collected Poems and Translations gathers both published and unpublished work to make available for the first time to general readers the full range of Emerson’s poetry, including many poems left in manuscript at his death that have hitherto been available only in drastically edited versions or specialized scholarly texts. Displacing all previous editions in its comprehensiveness and textual authority, this volume reveals the ecstatic, mystical, and private meditative sides of one of the greatest of all American writers.

All the poetry Emerson published during his lifetime is included in this single volume. His collections, Poems (1847), May-Day and Other Pieces (1867), and Selected Poems (1876), as well as other pieces written for magazines, fuse close observations of the New England landscape with far-reaching spiritual explorations. His familiarity with botany and geology, Greek philosophy, Persian poetry, and anti-slavery politics gives his writing an intellectual breadth, and a challenging, continuing modernity unique among American poets of his time.

More than half the volume is devoted to a generous selection of poetry from Emerson’s journals and notebooks, ranging from his childhood to his final years as a writer. This work—printed here as Emerson wrote it, without the revisions imposed by earlier editors—is a revelation: a bounty of formal experimentation and speculative thought that displays, as in a painter’s sketchbook, the creative process at work. Emerson here often shows a different poetic personality, freer and more unconventional in both form and subject matter. Of special note are the laments over the death at age nineteen of his first wife, Ellen Louisa Tucker, after only five months of marriage—moving expressions of grief that rebut the notion that Emerson was emotionally cold, or primarily a public poet.

Also included are Emerson’s little-known poetic translations, chiefly from the Persian poets Hafiz and Saadi, whose fusion of sensuality and mysticism so profoundly influenced his poetic thinking. With them is the complete La Vita Nuova (The New Life), Dante’s meditation on love that Emerson translated into English for the first time.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

Baker & Taylor
Contains Emerson's published poetry, plus selections of his unpublished poetry from journals and notebooks, and some of his translations of poetry from other languages, notably Dante's La vita nuova

Book News
Ralph Waldo redivivus. How long is it since you read your Emerson: "Tax not my sloth that I/Fold my arms beside the brook;/Each cloud that floated in the sky/Writes a letter in my book." Essential for every collection. Distributed to the book trade by Penguin. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

& Taylor

A comprehensive new volume that includes all of the poetry that Emerson published during his lifetime, demonstrates his skill and depth as a poet, and reveals his private, meditative, emotional side--a portrait of a freer, more unconventional Emerson.

Publisher: New York : Library of America : Distributed to the trade in the U.S. by Penguin Books USA, c1994
ISBN: 9780940450288
Branch Call Number: 811.3 EME
Characteristics: 637 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Kane, Paul 1950-
Bloom, Harold


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