Emerson vs Thoreau

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Michael Smith
English 11

Emerson vs. Thoreau

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were extremely wonderful writers and renowned poets. Both had so much influence on early and even present literature. It is amazing what you can learn about each individual.

First, I would like to start by introducing Emerson. Born May 25, 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts. Just two weeks before his eighth birthday, Emerson’s father died of stomach cancer. He went on to live with his aunt, Mary Moody Emerson. He entered college at the age of 14 and graduated at the age of 18 at the middle of his class of 59. After he left college he went on to assist with his brother in a young women’s school. In 1827, on Christmas day he married his first wife, Ellen Louisa Tucker. They married in Concord, New Hampshire. Two years after their marriage she died. He visited her grave daily, in Roxbury. He became a pastor at Boston’s Second Church but not very long. He eventually came to settle in Concord, Massachusetts. In 1835 he sent a letter to Lydia Jackson asking her to marry him. Four days later, he got a letter of acceptance. They lived together in a house he named Bush. As Emerson got older, he started to suffer from Aphasia. He started to forget things and it got to the point where he was even forgetting his name. This all happened around the year 1871. As all this started to happen, he slowed down more and more on his writings. He lost his home July 24, 1872 from a fire. He went on a few trips out of the country while his house was being rebuilt. When he returned the town was excited. They celebrated and even took a day off school. However, as time passed by the year 1879 he was self-conscious about his memory disorder and kept himself away from public. Emerson was diagnosed with pneumonia on April 21, 1882 and just six days later, he passed away. They buried him in Sleepy Hallow Cemetery, located in Concord, Massachusetts.

Emerson was strong...
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