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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Immersion in Saadi’s Poetry

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By carefully examining the works of Emerson, a well-known American poet and a look at his poetry and literature, themes and motifs, the influence of one of the great Iranian poets, Saadi Shirazi, can be made clear and confident. Emerson, who was recognized as the founder of the literary school of transcendentalism in American literature, was particularly interested in Sheikh Ajil Saadi, and in his opinion Sa'di was one of the world's greatest poets. The American poet was immersed in Saadi's poetry, tailoring it to his needs. This article tries to investigate Sa'di's contribution to Emerson's works. A poet like Emerson was immersed in Sa'di, loved Saadi, and repeatedly acknowledged that he would love to be like Sa'di and make poetry like his. In order to disseminate his philosophic belief, he needed viable sources from non-European countries. Emerson wanted to criticize the weaknesses of American culture by referring to other rich cultures. It is possible to demonstrate the part Saadi plays in Emerson’s poetry. Sa'di's poetic philosophy has also been embedded in his writings; hence, the sources which shows Emerson has benefited from Sa'di should not be overlooked, since these sources can prove Emerson's being influenced by Sa'di in this research.
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  • Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Vali-e-Asr University of Rafsanjan, 22 Bahman Square, Rafsanjan, Iran
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