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The
authors in this essay are men that had creativity and whose writings have stood
the test of time.  They saw what others
did not.  They changed the way people
thought, in the way of entertainment. 

            The author, from tamu.edu, who was “in the center of the
American transcendental movement” was Ralph Waldo Emerson. From biography.com it says, Emerson was born
on “May 25, 1803, in Boston, Massachusetts.” 
“After studying at Harvard and teaching for a brief time, Emerson
entered the ministry.” Then after being appointed to the “Old second church in
his native city, but soon became an unwilling teacher.” In 1835, Emerson
married his “second wife, Lydia Jackson, and moved to Concord, Massachusetts
where he became the chief spokesman for Transcendentalism.”      

Emerson’s first book, Nature, from poets.org, “is perhaps the best expression of his
Transcendentalism, the belief that everything in our world- even a drop of
dew-is a microcosm of the universe.”  “Emerson’s
motto, “Trust thyself” became the code of Margaret Fuller, and many more.” From
tamu.edu, “Emerson wrote a poetic
prose, ordering his essays by recurring themes and images.”   In 1842, after the death of his son, “a
darker, tougher strain appears in Emerson’s writings, beginning with his
memorializing poem, threnody.  Emerson made a major impact on American
literary landscape with his books and lectures, and a profound inspiration for
many writers like Walt Whitman.  Ralph
Waldo Emerson died on April 27, 1882, from pneumonia.

Henry David Thoreau, another author fascinated about
nature, was born on July 12, 1817, in
Concord, Massachusetts.  On biography.com, “one of America’s most
famous writers, Henry David Thoreau is remembered for his philosophical and
naturalist writings.  Thoreau was a
brilliant student and also attended Harvard University.” “After college,
Thoreau befriended writer and fellow Concord resident Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Through Emerson, he became exposed to Transcendentalism, a school of though
that emphasized the importance of empirical thinking and of spiritual matters
over the physical world.”  Emerson
mentored Thoreau giving him access to lands that would inspire his greatest
works.  In 1854, Walden; or, Life in the Woods was a collection of essays exposing
his life so close to nature. “Walden has inspired and informed the work of
naturalists, environmentalists and writers.” 
On May 6, 1862, Thoreau tragically died from a disease.

From poetryfoundation.org, Walt Whitman is considered
to be “Americas most significant 19th-century poets-a latter-day
successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare.”  Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819.  “Whitman grew up in Brooklyn and received
limited formal education. His occupations during his lifetime included printer,
schoolteacher, reporter, and editor.   Whitman’s
self-published Leaves of Grass was inspired in part by his travels through the
American frontier and by his admiration for Ralph Waldo Emerson.”  It is interesting to
look back on people who were the greatest in their field and who they looked up
to when they were kids.  If times were
not like they were and still are today, we would not have people, all over the
world, to look up to and we would not strive to be better. “Whitman
received little public acclaim for his poems during his lifetime for several
reasons:  this openness regarding sex,
his self-presentation as a rough working man, and his stylistic innovations.”  Whitman died on March 26, 1892 from pleurisy.

Edgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in
Boston, Massachusetts.  From
poemuseum.org says, “His poetry alone would ensure his spot in the literary
canon. Poe’s notable verses range from the early masterpiece “To Helen” to the
dark, mysterious “Ulalume.” From “The Raven,” which made him world-famous upon
its publication in 1845, to “Annabel Lee,” the posthumously published eulogy
for a maiden “in a kingdom by the sea.”” From enotes.com, “Edgar Allen Poe has
influenced which type of stories society will read and watch. He established
the genres that are today known as mystery, horror and detective.” Poe died on
October 7, 1849.

From Melville.org, Herman Melville was born on August
1,1819, in New York City.  Melville was
an American novelist and short story writer. His best-known works include Typee,
a romantic account of his experiences in Polynesian life, and his whaling novel
Moby-Dick.  From
newworldencyclopedia.org, Melville “was on of the most original and daring
writers of the nineteenth-century American literature.” Herman Melville died on
September 28, 1891, from congestive heart failure. 

These writers saw what others did not.  They changed and influenced peoples thinking
in a way nobody had before. It is interesting to look back on people who were
the greatest in their field and who they looked up to when they were kids.  If times were not like they were and still
are today, we would not have people, all over the world, to look up to and we
would not strive to be better.