The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Summary: In The Rhodora by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the narrator is asked where the flower came from and he answers that it came from within the poem.

Section One:
  • Where did the flower come from
Section Two:
  • The flower "Rhodora" was found in the woods by a stream
  • Some petals were floating in the stream, and there as a redbird there
  • If asked why the flower exist by someone the flower should reply (paraphrased) "eyes were made to see, so to be  beautiful is enough to exist"
  • Rhodora is a rival of the rose in beauty
  • The narrator feels he should have asked the flower where it came from; The narrator suggest they came from the same unknown power
Other Notes:
  • Emerson shows how much he cares about nature in this poem, it is a philosophy of life for him

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