A Nation's Strength

February 18, 2009
By walker reiss BRONZE, Chappaqua, New York
walker reiss BRONZE, Chappaqua, New York
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In the poem A Nation's Strength, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, there are__________techniques used_________________F________________________________, and_______________________________________________A_______________________________________________________________________________________ For example, the first four lines in the first stanza are 'What makes a nation's pillars high/and its foundation strong?/What makes mighty to defy/the foes that round it throng?' This is an a/b rhyme scheme-'high' rhymes with 'defy', and 'strong' rhymes with

Also, the stanzas are organized into six quatrains, stanzas with four lines. This shows good organization, because there are six even stanzas. Also, the mood of the poem is in favor of Democracy, because in the fifth stanza, it states that ''only men can make a nation great and strong;'' after ruling out pride gold, and the sword.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 25, 1803. During his childhood, publications of the German Higher Critics and translations of Hindu and Buddhist poetry influenced him deeply, and in 1829, Emerson experienced many doubts about traditional Christian belief, and he resigned from his pulpit in 1832.('Ralph Waldo Emerson') The next few years of his life were spent traveling in Europe. After he returned to the United States, he began his career as a lecturer in the New Lyceum Movement. Then, in the late 1830s to the early 1840s, he published most of his work. During the 1840s, Emerson joined the Transcendental movement, and served as its spokesperson. ('Ralph Waldo Emerson')During the 1850s and 60s, Emerson slowly became less active, and he spent the last years of his life in Concord, Massachusetts, where he passed away on April 27, 1882, of complications resulting from pneumonia.(Ralph Waldo Emerson')

'Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography'The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson 8 December 1997.6 January 2009

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