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In the Essay 'Love', and out of context. Hamlet (III, iv) reproaches his mother for marrying Claudius: 'You cannot call it love, for at your 'The Heyday of the Blood' 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 45 age/The heyday of the blood is tame, it's humble,/ And waits upon the judgement .. ' The journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, eds. William H. Gilman, George P. Clark, Alfred R. Ferguson, and Merrell R. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 196~1978), 1, p.
Give All To Love', proclaims a poem probably written to Ellen after her death. 'Obey your heart', he continues; 'follow it utterly'; 'leave all for love'. But the next word in the poem is 'yet'; and the adjuration is to 44 American Declarations of Love Keep thee to-day Tomorrow, forever, Free as an Arab Of thy beloved. Thus Emerson falls back on a prudent self-reliance and a doctrinaire transcendentalism, too. Though thou loved her as thyself, As a self of purer clay, Though her parting dims the day, Stealing grace from all alive; Heartily know, When the half-gods go, The gods arrive.
Before he can be admitted fully to the shrine-like bedroom of his creation, he must reverently denounce anything that might stain the purity of the ideal. He sets off in search of Hilda only to uncover instead the buried Venus. 'Kenyon beheld the fingers of a marble hand'; further searching shows that 'the poor, fragmentary woman forthwith showed that she retained her modest instincts to the last' (423). '" is overtly ironic. Less obvious, however, is how carefully Hawthorne has controlled the irony, how he has prepared us to read his text here.
American Declarations of Love by Ann Massa (eds.)