Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The literature of the poor, the feelings of the child, the philosophy of the street, the meaning of household life, are the topics of the time. It is a great stride. It is a sign,—is it not? of new vigor, when the extremities are made active, when currents of warm life run into the hands and the feet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The American Scholar," repr. In Emerson: Essays and Lectures, ed. Joel Porte (1983).

Here Emerson celebrates the fact that literary artists and poets were beginning to write about common, everyday life. In this way, we can understand Whitman's affinity with Emerson.
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