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I Felt a Funeral in My Brain

Before leaving our Transcendental Trio of Emerson, Whitman and Dickinson, we should feature another set of words from Emily Dickinson, particularly since today is her birthday. 972 more words


Walt Whitman

… re-examine all you have been told […] dismiss whatever insults your own soul… ― Walt Whitman, from the preface of Leaves of Grass. Originally published: July 4, 1855.



The Colors of Thoreau's Spirit

“When other birds are still the screech owls take up the strain, like mourning women their ancient u-lu-lu. Their dismal scream is truly Ben Jonsonian. Wise midnight hags! 1,267 more words

Quote of The Day

“A great man stands on God. A small man on a great man.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Past Quotes


Time and the universe are designed to make us disappear. What makes us cry at that? What makes us laugh at that? What is the agreement we can reach with that? 761 more words


Haiku #8

Life on Planet Earth
Advocate what you believe
It will end one day

Herman Melville's Bartleby and Civil Disobedience?

When I asked students what they thought of Herman Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener, most expressed frustration with Bartleby because they did not know his motivations. 1,160 more words

American Literature