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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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Jones Very: A Poet's Zeal

Jones Very: A Poet's Zeal

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Emerson's Protégés

David Dowling

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Ralph Waldo Emerson's mentorship of romantic poet Jones Very, as well as Very's embodiment of a radical sense of the poet's social role. More specifically, it examines Very's ungodly zeal and its impact on New England's literary and religious communities. It also considers Very's obedience to divine will and how he combined antinomian Christian quietism with transcendentalism's fusion of the self and the Universal Being. Furthermore, it explains how Very's missionary work promoted his poetry. Finally, the chapter looks at Emerson's trivialization of the issue of Very's mental health.

Keywords:   mentorship, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jones Very, quietism, transcendentalism, self, Universal Being, missionary work, poetry, mental health

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