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" Perhaps the time is already come when it ought to be, and will be, something else ; when the sluggard intellect of this continent will look from under its iron lids and fill the postponed expectation of the world with something better than the exertions... "
The American Scholar: Self-reliance. Compensation - Page 17
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1893 - 108 pages
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Literature in America: An Illustrated History

Peter Conn - 1989 - 587 pages
...listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe," Emerson said, and he stirred those who heard him. "Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to...the learning of other lands, draws to a close." "The American Scholar" explores one of the principal themes of Nature, that modern society has replaced...
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American Philosophy and the Romantic Tradition

Russell B. Goodman, Professor of Philosophy Russell B Goodman, Associate Professor of English Ross Posnock - 1990 - 162 pages
...particularly Americans, are ready to slough off the past. Emerson writes in the first paragraph that "our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close," and in the last paragraph he predicts that "we will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own...
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Cultural Pedagogy: Art, Education, Politics

David Trend - 1992 - 178 pages
...comparison to that from Europe. Despite the intellectual nationalism of writers like Ralph Waldo Emerson ("Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close"), a fundamental disbelief in frontier culture persisted throughout much of the nineteenth century.11...
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Past Imperfect: Essays on History, Libraries, and the Humanities

Lawrence W. Towner, Robert W. Karrow, Alfred F. Young - 1993 - 298 pages
...this continent will ... fill the postponed expectation of the world with something better than . . . mechanical skill. Our day of dependence, our long...to the learning of other lands, draws to a close." 5 As in language and literature, so also in history: Americans early generated a great deal of historical...
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Israel: The First Decade of Independence

Selwyn Ilan Troen, Noah Lucas - 1995 - 779 pages
...British, for the influence of European culture prevailed long after the revolution. Later, however, "The millions that around us are rushing into life,...Events, actions arise, that must be sung, that will sing themselves."6 Of greater concern are the preliminary stages of emergence, that is, a literature's emergence...
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Understanding John Dewey: Nature and Cooperative Intelligence

James Campbell - 1995 - 310 pages
...free from our doctrinal inheritance and opening ourselves fully to the experience of the New World. "Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close." We must overcome our longings for distant baubles and come to appreciate, he writes, "the near, the...
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The Crisis of Meaning: In Culture and Education

...inferiority of US art. Despite the intellectual nationalism of writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson t"Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close"). a fundamental disbelief in frontier culture persisted throughout much of the nineteenth century. 7...
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Making America, Making American Literature: Franklin to Cooper

A. Robert Lee, W. M. Verhoeven - 1996 - 360 pages
...years after Emerson's oft-quoted ringing 1837 assertion in his "The American Scholar" address that "our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close," Nathaniel Parker Willis perceived danger emerging from the march of American technology.13 Writing...
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Snow on the Cane Fields: Women's Writing and Creole Subjectivity

Judith L. Raiskin - 1996 - 305 pages
...England is the South African equivalent of Emerson's earlier call for a distinctly American literature: Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close. . . . We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe. . . . We will walk on our own feet;...
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To Live in the New World: A.J. Downing and American Landscape Gardening

Judith K. Major - 1997 - 242 pages
...oration delivered in the summer of 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson assured the young scholars in his audience: "Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close." Two years later, the nationalistic Democratic Review called the propensity to imitate foreign nations...
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