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Emerson's ProtégésMentoring and Marketing Transcendentalism's Future$
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David Dowling

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197440

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197440.001.0001

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5 Ellery Channing: Saturday Afternoon Professor; Or, Concord's Mad Poet

5 Ellery Channing: Saturday Afternoon Professor; Or, Concord's Mad Poet

(p.171) 5 Ellery Channing: Saturday Afternoon Professor; Or, Concord's Mad Poet
Emerson's Protégés

David Dowling

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship of Ellery Channing the younger, who entered the former's life as a poet apprentice after Henry David Thoreau. It begins by assessing Channing's efforts to make a favorable first impression on Emerson and his eventual immersion in transcendentalism as a romantic poet. It then examines the change in Emerson's theory of poetry, particularly after he undertook the poetic apprenticeship of Channing, and why Channing's poetic composition process appealed to Emerson. The chapter concludes by describing Channing's relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Keywords:   mentorship, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ellery Channing, Henry David Thoreau, transcendentalism, poetry, apprenticeship, Nathaniel Hawthorne

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