FATE Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

FATE poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. FATE Poem is an inspirational poem written by Ralph Waldo Emerson. He remains among the linchpins of the American romantic movement, and his work has greatly influenced the thinkers, writers and poets that have followed him. When asked to sum up his work, he said his central doctrine was “the infinitude of the private man.” Emerson is also well known as a mentor and friend of fellow Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau.

Recommended Book:- The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Modern Library Classics)

DEEP in the man sits fast his fate
To mould his fortunes mean or great:
Unknown to Cromwell as to me
Was Cromwell’s measure or degree;
Unknown to him, as to his horse,
If he than his groom be better or worse.
He works, plots, fights, in rude affairs,
With squires, lords, kings, his craft compares,
Till late he learned, through doubt and fear,
Broad England harbored not his peer:
Obeying Time, the last to own
The Genius from its cloudy throne.
For the prevision is allied
Unto the thing so signified;
Or say, the foresight that awaits
Is the same Genius that creates.

– FATE Poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Recommended Book:- The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Modern Library Classics)

See Also:- Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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  1. Ralph was more a thinker than a feeler–for the latter look to Emily D–but always worth spending time with. Thanks!

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    1. That’s a good point you made here 🙂
      And yes, i also think it’s always worth spending time to share his work 🙂 on my blog 🙂

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  2. Oops, that “and” should have been an “a.” (Why doesn’t WordPress let us edit Comments?)

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