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" We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe. The spirit of the American freeman is already suspected to be timid, imitative, tame. "
Representative Men: Nature, Addresses and Lectures - Página 113
de Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883 - 648 páginas
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The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joel Porte, Saundra Morris - 1999 - 280 páginas
...intent of the essay disclosed, that "We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe" and thus "The spirit of the American freeman is already suspected to be timid, imitative, tame" (W 1: 114). But of course and silently, it is the European idolizing of the past and its importation...
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Pietro Belluschi: Modern American Architect

Meredith L. Clausen - 1999 - 469 páginas
...transcendentalist ideal. "We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe," Emerson had written; "the spirit of the American freeman is already suspected to be timid, imitative, tame." Emerson urged the young American "to plant himself indominable on his instincts," and by these alone...
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Essays Before a Sonata, the Majority and Other Writings

Charles Ives - 1999 - 258 páginas
...have recalled Emerson's famous words to the American scholar, dating from 1837, but still pertinent: "We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe" ("The American Scholar," I, 113). And in searching for an honest American style, Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance"...
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Traversing the Democratic Borders of the Essay

Cristina Kirklighter - 2002 - 160 páginas
...from Europe. Certainly, this interpretation might be easy to come by, given the following passages: We have listened too long to the courtly muses of...breathe thick and fat. The scholar is decent, indolent, and complaisant. See already the tragic consequence. The mind of this country taught to aim at low...
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After the Revolution: Profiles of Early American Culture

Joseph J. Ellis - 2002 - 256 páginas
...materialistic values of the marketplace and their corroding effect on prospective poets and writers. "Public and private avarice make the air we breathe thick and fat," he observed. "Young men of the fairest promise ... are hindered from action by the disgust which the...
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Hollywood: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies, Volume 1

Thomas Schatz - 2004 - 393 páginas
...pp. 62-63) warned us in 1834 that "We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe. . . . See already the tragic consequence. The mind of this...country, taught to aim at low objects, eats upon itself." His remarks, although in another context, are apt. Our cinema, by disengaging from a national dialogue,...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oliver Wendell Holmes - 2004 - 456 páginas
...contributions of the past, all the hopes of the foture. He must be a university of knowledges. ... We have listened too long to the courtly muses of...freeman is already suspected to be timid, imitative, tame.—The scholar is decent, indolent, complaisant— The mind of this country, tanght to aim at...
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Thoreau's Living Ethics: Walden and the Pursuit of Virtue

Philip Cafaro - 2010 - 288 páginas
..."greatness." In both cases, the main cause was an overemphasis on commerce and economic prosperity. "Public and private avarice make the air we breathe thick and fat," Emerson told his young charges. "The mind of this country, taught to aim at low objects, eats upon...
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The Gleam of Light: Moral Perfectionism and Education in Dewey and Emerson

Naoko Saito - 2005 - 210 páginas
...what might be called the spiritual enfeebling of the culture. As Emerson's radical words put this: "Public and private avarice make the air we breathe...country, taught to aim at low objects, eats upon itself" ("AMS," 52). And worse, in their language of transparency and eff1ciency, and in the constrained choice...
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The Architecture of Address: The Monument and Public Speech in American Poetry

Jake Adam York - 2005 - 220 páginas
...challenge, echoes two of Emerson's famous declarations. In "The American Scholar," Emerson complained: "We have listened too long to the courtly muses of...already suspected to be timid, imitative, tame."^ In "The Poet," Emerson expanded his complaint: "We do not, with sufficient plainness, or sufficient...
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