Transcendentalism Aspects in the Poem The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Genetic Structuralism Analysis)


The aim of this research is to analyze the collective world view in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem The Rhodora. The theory of genetic structuralism by Lucien Goldmann is used to find out the relation between the structure of literary work and the structure of society as its background. The relation is identified through the world view or ideology expressed through the work since the author is the member of particular society. The whole meaning of the poem could be achieved by studying the structure of the poem and its genetic or social-historical context. The method of this research is dialectic method between the text of The Rhodora, the world view of Emerson and the whole social structure to gain the coherence. This research found that the poem The Rhodora represented a transcendentalism world view. Transcendentalism is the essential elements of Romantic Movement in America around 19th century which emphasizes the unity of God, man, and universe. This poem offers spirituality obtained through the bond of man and nature. Transcendentalism offers the idea that intuition is the guide to spiritual truth.

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Siti Hardiyanti Amri, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)/Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACAH2018
Stream: Humanities - Literature/Literary Studies*

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