Emerson: he was not only possibly the greatest of our land, our time, but
great with the greatness of any land, any time, all worlds.”
|Whitman had read
Emerson’s Nature and the “Divinity School Address,” and he had
attended lectures by the philosopher/poet in New York.
Emerson visited Whitman in December 1855 and sent Alcott and Thoreau
later, in 1856.
belief in the essential unity of all creation, the innate goodness of man,
and the supremacy of insight over logic and
| experience for the revelation of the deepest
truths.. Eclectic and cosmopolitan in its sources and part of the Romantic
movement, New England Transcendentalism originated in the area around
Concord,Mass., and from 1830 to 1855 represented a battle between the younger
and older generations and the emergence of a new national culture based on