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Give All To Love

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Carissa Panoutsos

on 28 January 2013

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Carissa Panoutsos & Atish Shah Ralph Waldo Emerson Give All To Love Analysis Backstory Climax Give All To Love
Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good fame,
Plans, credit, and the muse;
Nothing refuse. Structure In the six-stanza poem “Give All to Love,” Ralph Waldo Emerson connects the finite cycles of natural order with the infinite eternal order through individual feelings and experiences that are governed by love. The persona of the poem advises the audience to withhold nothing and to “Give all to love.”
Each stanza represents a different view on love and the outcome of love itself
At the end of the poem Emerson comes to realize if one love dies, another can arise. WHY? When one good thing ends another arises
He did not sulk, he realized that he needed to move on and accept his wife's death
Everyone goes through traumatic experiences and they need to face closure to move on
Many can relate to this poem; it shows how one can move on and find greater opportunities in acceptance to the past Background Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803 to a minister
Married his first wife at age 20, she passed away only months after their marriage
He traveled throughout Europe and the middle east
Influenced by the middle eastern culture
Eventually found love for a second time To welcome change and allow him to grow and evolve without feeling sad for the tragedies that occurred in his past. His life is being lived half-way and is being terminated for a fuller life to come in. He is moving on. His first wife died and he felt broken. He traveled throughout Europe and the middle east and came to a realization that he needed to accept the past and use his influences to find a greater purpose in life. He eventually found love for a second time. He used these personal events to write his poem Give All to Love. 'Tis a brave master,
Let it have scope,
Follow it utterly,
Hope beyond hope;
High and more high,
It dives into noon,
With wing unspent,
Untold intent;
But 'tis a god,
Knows its own path,
And the outlets of the sky.

'Tis not for the mean,
It requireth courage stout,
Souls above doubt,
Valor unbending;
Such 'twill reward,
They shall return
More than they were,
And ever ascending. Leave all for love;—
Yet, hear me, yet,
One word more thy heart behoved,
One pulse more of firm endeavor,
Keep thee to-day,
To-morrow, for ever,
Free as an Arab
Of thy beloved.

Cling with life to the maid;
But when the surprise,
Vague shadow of surmise,
Flits across her bosom young
Of a joy apart from thee,
Free be she, fancy-free,
Do not thou detain a hem,
Nor the palest rose she flung
From her summer diadem. Though thou loved her as thyself,
As a self of purer clay,
Tho' her parting dims the day,
Stealing grace from all alive,
Heartily know,
When half-gods go,
The gods arrive. -Ralph
Emerson meaning When his attitude for his past changes to being more open minded and realizing that he cannot be stuck dwelling on his past

Stanzas 3-6 The Other Parts He shifts gears after he talks about being around friends and family and being happy
he needs to be more happy and free after his first wife The Skeleton His emotions for the passing of his wife is what makes this poems tone more of sorrow in the first stanzas.
The skeleton is his feelings toward the end of the poem; being free from the burden of a dead wife on his conscience.
AP Questions Language Tone Agency and Speech Acts Roads Not Taken Genre, Form, and Rhythm The Imagination Emerson starts with his cry for hope and how he requires it to move on and let his past be in the past. He uses language of pleading and convincing when he is addressing is first wife "Follow it utterly,
Hope beyond hope"
"But 'tis a god,
Knows its own path"
The sweet and gentle tone Emerson uses along with the personifications of his hope exhibits his new found path. In the last 3 stanzas his tone changes to one of pleading to his first wife. The tone is calm in the beginning but changes to urgent and pleading near the end Emerson has agency when he says "obey thy heart" and "yet hear me, yet". He talks about love being a brave master and how it is symbolized through God. If Emerson didn't refer to his first wife as a "half-God" and he referred to her as a "God", would his second wife who he loved so dearly be offended by that? Emerson did not present his first wife and second wife equally in his poem Emerson's poem is about love and letting the past go to evolve and grow. It's form becomes progressively more urgent in the second half as the lines get longer and it seems as if he is pleading. Emerson shows how new found hope and love can lead to realization for the greater good "Leave all for love;—
Yet, hear me, yet,
One word more thy heart behoved,
One pulse more of firm endeavor,
Keep thee to-day,
To-morrow, for ever,
Free as an Arab
Of thy beloved"
•Type of Poem: Poetic sequence
•Genres: Poetry, Lyric sequence
Emerson imagines love to be brave and he wants to justify moving on by pleading with his dead wife. He wants to make it okay to move on. Emerson imagines his first wife will understand even though she is no longer living. This poem has created a sense of hope for all others seeking closure and wanting to move on from the unfortunate events that may have occurred in their past. THE END! "But when the surprise,
Vague shadow of surmise,
Flits across her bosom young
Of a joy apart from thee,
Free be she, fancy-free"
"Free as an Arab"
"Free be she"
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