Thursday, April 22, 2010

"i adore anyone who adores anyone who adores emerson"

Or: another one where i betray my general ignorance

Specifically because for someone with an English degree, I am sorely underedumacated in much classic literature and poetry.

Long story short, I--for the first time--have stumbled across Gnothi Seauton** by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and just from one read-through have become convinced that it might be one of the most significant poems ever written.

A few quotes:

"...take this fact unto thy soul,--
God dwells in thee.
It is no metaphor nor parable,
It is unknown to thousands, and to thee;
Yet there is God."


"This is the reason why thou dost recognize
Things now first revealed,
Because in thee resides
The Spirit that lives in all;
And thou canst learn the laws of nature
Because its author is latent in thy breast."


"The gospel has no revelation
Of peace and hope until there is response
From the deep chambers of thy mind thereto
The rest is straw.
It can reveal no truth unknown before."
(emphasis mine)

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
in Gnothi Seauton

**gnothi seauton is Greek for "know yourself"

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