5_aphorisms_from_emerson_self_reliance.doc - English III\/Wilshire Intro to Romanticism R.W Emerson Name Date Period An aphorism is a tersely phrased

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English III/Wilshire Name __________________ Intro to Romanticism & R.W. Emerson Date __________ Period _________ An aphorismis a tersely phrased statement of a truth or opinion (a maxim, aproverb). An epigramis a concise, witty, and often paradoxicalremark or saying(an epigram can also be a short, usually satirical poem with a witty ending). Notehow Emerson’s writings can be viewed as both aphoristic as well asepigrammatic.Here are the 5 aphorisms (orepigrams) from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” that we are learning in class this semester:Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.To be great is to be misunderstood.Trust thyself; every heart vibrates to that iron string.Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every oneof its members.1) Please restate each aphorism in your own words:_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2) Do you agree or disagree with Emerson? Address one or moreof the aphorismsabove. Write a half-page response, with good paragraphs and a thoughtful answer.(You may finish on the back if you need more space.) __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________

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