By John Corrigan
Whereas scholarship has tended to reduce the paranormal underpinnings of Emerson’s idea of the self, his depictions of “the metempsychosis of nature” demonstrate deep roots in mystical traditions from Hinduism and Buddhism to Platonism and Christian esotericism. In essay after essay, Emerson makes use of metempsychosis as an open-ended template to appreciate human development.
In Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman transforms Emerson’s belief of metempsychotic selfhood into an expressly poetic occasion. His imaginative and prescient of transmigration viscerally celebrates the poet’s skill to imagine and dwell in different our bodies; his American poet seeks to include the complete kingdom into his personal individual in order that he can converse for each guy and woman.
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