From The Atlantic, on Its 153rd Birthday: Four Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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On this day in 1857, The Atlantic published its first issue. Of all the writing that appeared in this inaugural edition, the most enduring 153 years later has been the poetry. The issue's 128 pages featured verse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, and the great essayist and father of transcendentalism Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Celebrate The Atlantic's 153rd birthday by reading four poems by Emerson from the November 1857 issue: "Brahma," "The Rommany Girl," "The Chartist's Complaint," and "Days."

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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