Brahma Poem Analysis. This Is An Analysis Of The Famous Poem "Brahma," By Ralph Waldo Emerson. It Explores The Deep Symbolism And Explains The Hindu Vocabulary Used. Includes Direct Quotations.

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BRAHMAIn Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem, "Brahma" is miraculous in its blend of Eastern and Western thought. In the poem, Emerson assumes the role of Brahma, the Hindu God of creation. Emerson is able to use clever, yet complex paradoxical logic in order to present his philosophy in poetic terms. Throughout the poem, Emerson alludes to Hindu mythology. The knowledge of which he gained through reading the Bhagavad-Gita and other Hindu scriptures. In Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem, "Brahma", the overall theme is the divine relationship and continuity of life and the unity of the universe.In the first stanza, Emerson expresses the continuity of life. He says that if a killer thinks he has killed another or if the dead think that they are truly well, they do not fully realize his power; for he, Brahma, can create, destroy and re-create. In the end the "red-slayer", or the Hindu God Krishna, and his victim are merged in the unity of Brahma. When Brahma re-creates or "turns again," it is known commonly as the concept of reincarnation. Thus, the continuity of life is expressed through Brahma's eyes.The ultimate unity if the universe is expressed through the second stanza. Emerson uses such opposites such as shadow and sunlight, good and evil, in order to prove this philosophical belief. In essence, Emerson states that all opposites are reconciled in the ultimate unity of the universe. This is proven as he states that shadow and sunlight are the same as are shame and fame. Thus, when it comes down to it, the universe is...

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