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By Margaret Fuller 1810–1850 Margaret Fuller
We deemed the secret lost, the spirit gone,   
Which spake in Greek simplicity of thought,   
And in the forms of gods and heroes wrought   
Eternal beauty from the sculptured stone,—
A higher charm than modern culture won   
With all the wealth of metaphysic lore,   
Gifted to analyze, dissect, explore.
A many-colored light flows from one sun;
Art, ’neath its beams, a motley thread has spun;   
The prism modifies the perfect day;
But thou hast known such mediums to shun,   
And cast once more on life a pure, white ray.   
Absorbed in the creations of thy mind,   
Forgetting daily self, my truest self I find.

Source: American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (1993)

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Sarah Margaret Fuller was one of the most prominent literary women of the nineteenth century, and is sometimes thought of as America’s first feminist. After a rigorous classical education in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, she sought out Ralph Waldo Emerson. A brilliant conversationalist, Fuller applied many of Emerson’s Transcendental ideas to women in a series of open discussions. These conversations, which included some of . . .

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