On May 25, 1803, a poet who would eventualy voice the spiritual consciousness was born. He would go onto be one of the most famous poets in American history. His name was Ralph Waldo Emerson. His father was a Utarian clergyman and Ralph himself became an ordained preacher. When Ralph was only 8 years old, his father died, and the 6 surving children of 8 including Ralph, lived on contributions from their father's parishioners. Being the excellent scolar he was, Ralph attended Boston Latin School from age 10 to 14. He then proceded to enter Harvard at 14 and Ralph graduated at 18. In 1829, Ralph married Ellen Tucker and only 3 years later, Ellen died and Ralph went abroud to spend a year in Italy, France, and England. He met many of the men he worshipped such as Wordsworth and Carlyle. When he returned to America and remarried to Lydia Jackson, Ralph devoted much of his time to lecturing. He lived in Concord where he also wrote poetry later on and spent 18 years there. This exceptional poet died on April 27, 1882.
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