Moby-Dick (Bantam Classics)
Home : Moby Dick : Essays : Emersonian Implosion: The Self-Reliant Man in Moby Dick and Keats' Poetry

Premium Content Emersonian Implosion: The Self-Reliant Man in Moby Dick and Keats' Poetry

By Jessica Rae Waggoner - December 06, 2004

Ralph Waldo Emerson's optimistic ideal of the “self-reliant man” in nature resonated in the literature of many of his contemporaries. Although many agreed with Emerson's principles, however, two major writers, Herman Melville and John Keats, chose not to emulate him in their major works. Rather, they critiqued him. In the following essay, I will…

This excerpt of the essay is provided for free. To read the complete essay of 2767 words or to get access to our full library of Literature Essays, please subscribe below or log in if you are already subscribed.

Join Now - Choose a Membership Level

GradeSaver provides access to quizzes, 3311 literature essays, 1006 sample college application essays and ad-free surfing in this premium content, "Members Only" section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

We have been mentioned in the Washington Post, the Economist, and many other papers around the world for our exceptional essays. GradeSaver has reviewed each essay for quality; these essays are the very best on the Internet and many have been written by students of Ivy League colleges.

3-Day Trial (recurring) $2.95 *
30-Day Trial (recurring) $6.95 *
1 Month Membership (one-time charge) $12.95
12 Month Membership (one-time charge) $49.95

* After your trial period, you will be billed a monthly fee of $6.95 with the option to cancel at any time. Questions? Read our FAQ.

Existing Users

Moby Dick Essays and Related Content