Lines from Emerson - E 316K Lecture, Dr. Berry Lines from...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
E 316K Lecture, Dr. Berry Lines from Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-1882] Source: Emerson’s “The American Scholar,” delivered as a Commencement Address in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa Society, August 31, 1837 Literary Era: American Renaissance [a.k.a. Romanticism] Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close. Man is not a farmer, or a professor, or an engineer, but he is all. […] Man is thus metamorphosed into a thing, into many things. The planter, who is Man sent out into the field to gather food, is seldom cheered by any idea of the true dignity of his ministry. He sees his bushel and his cart, and nothing beyond, and sinks into the farmer, instead of man on the farm. The tradesman scarcely ever gives an ideal worth to his work, but is ridden by the routine of his craft, and the soul is subject to dollars. The priest becomes a form; the attorney a statutebook; the mechanic a machine; the
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 09/22/2010 for the course E 33965 taught by Professor Berry during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas at Austin.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online