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" OUR age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation... "
Essays, orations and lectures - Page 1
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 385 pages
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The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joel Porte, Saundra Morris - 1999 - 280 pages
...has brought about a similar shake-up in many a reader as well. "Our age is retrospective," he begins. "It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism." Emerson clears the agenda with a dismissive sweep, pointing out that "the foregoing generations beheld...
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Sentimental Men: Masculinity and the Politics of Affect in American Culture

Mary Chapman, Glenn Hendler - 1999 - 288 pages
...the sepulchers of the fathers" he asserts in the first lines of ЛД/ure. and famously goes on to ask "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" (7). Emerson's scorn for retrospect and sepulchers sees in mourning's attachment to the past, its effort...
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The Poetics of Transition: Emerson, Pragmatism, & American Literary Modernism

Jonathan Levin - 1999 - 222 pages
..."Notes toward a Supreme Fiction," restages the classic American drama of the return to origins (CP 382). "Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe," Emerson asked in the introduction to his 1836 essay Nature (EL 7). Stevens's Emersonian dream of a...
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A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joel Myerson - 2000 - 336 pages
...problem was partly, in today's jargon, a generation gap. Nature begins with the well-known complaint that "[o]ur age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" (CW, 1:7). Emerson frequently gives voice to his generation's desire to make its own mark. Nature's...
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The Aesthetics of Enchantment in the Fine Arts, Volume 65

M. Kronegger, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka - 2000 - 324 pages
...that language, in mediating our perceptions, actually comes between us and our experiences. He writes: "Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres...also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" (1). We have moved away from having experiences, to reading about others' experiences. We prefer the...
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Alexandria 5: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth, and Culture, Volume 5

David Fideler - 2000 - 471 pages
...experience, or a worship of dead forms. Thus his famous complaint and proposal at the beginning of Nature: Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why...
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Wild Fruits: Thoreau's Rediscovered Last Manuscript

Henry David Thoreau - 2001 - 411 pages
...months short of his graduation from Harvard University. At the beginning of the book Emerson claims that "foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we through their eyes." He then articulates in the form of a question the Transcendentalist Imperative: "Why should not we...
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The American Mystery: American Literature from Emerson to DeLillo

Tony Tanner, Professor of English and American Literature Tony Tanner, Formerly Professor of English Tony Tanner - 2000 - 242 pages
...far as Emerson was concerned: fathers (and fathering countries, like England) are to be forgotten. 'Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? . . . The sun shines today also . . . There are new lands, new men, new thoughts.'8 Emerson, and many...
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The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, and National ...

Tracy Fessenden - 2001 - 308 pages
...readers to cease their retrospection, to stop looking through the eyes of the foregoing generations. "The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face...also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" asks the first paragraph.1 In the last sentence, Emerson holds out the promise that each of his readers...
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Sight & Sound: Naturbilder in der englischen und amerikanischen Romantik

Frank Mehring - 2001 - 189 pages
...des ehemaligen kolonialen Mutterlandes, um zu einem originären künstlerischen Ausdruck zu gelangen: „The foregoing generations beheld God and nature...also enjoy an original relation to the universe?" 7 Diese rhetorisch geschickte Aufforderung zur einem künstlerischen Neubeginn verstellt den Blick...
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