>During his early years at Harvard, he [Ralph Waldo Emerson] wrote erotic poetry about a classmate named Martin Gay.

>During his early years at Harvard, he [Ralph Waldo Emerson] wrote erotic poetry about a classmate named Martin Gay.

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Remember when Ivy league educations meant something? One quick browse through the Harvard Crimson and you will discover how far the general intelectual level at those universities has fallen

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why was homoeroticism so common in 1800s America? Those Melville letters to Hawthorne oh boy

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Emerson, Whitman, Melville, Dickinson, Lincoln… who else was a homo?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Dick in what??

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Why, "nearly every man who approaches greatness" of course

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        What about the Melville-Hawthorne correspondence was gay? I read through their entire correspondence (the Divine Magnet) and never got that impression once. Maybe I missed something. Melville and Hawthorne were very conservative and frankly Orthodox in their Christian understanding, especially if their correspondence was any indication. I doubt they tolerated himosexuality in any degree.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Maybe that was true for Hawthorne but I read Moby Dick.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          1. Melville was a sailor. Enough said.
          2. Melville wasn’t an orthodox Christian, he was a gnostic

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Did you even read the divine magnet? He was clearly a practicing Christian. He wasn't part of the denomination known as Orthodox but he adhered to the traditional theology and dogma of Christianity (the eccumenical councels), which is what Orthodox are, so one could definitely say he was an Orthodox Christian of sorts.

            >all sailors are gay
            projection, can't imagine making being so childish as to make such a blatant generalization about one occupation.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Just because he was a christian doesn't mean he wasn't a hypocrite like Tolstoy or Dostoevsky.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        All great men are at least in some respect. The desire to cope with exclusion from the cthonic force/prison of woman is what drives men to both homosexuality and the building of society, language, culture, etc.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    wtf

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I feel that this Hawthorne has dropped germinous seeds into my soul. He expands and deepens down, the more I contemplate him; and further, and further, shoots his strong New-England roots into the hot soil of my Southern soul.

      https://medium.com/@penguinrandomus/5-reasons-to-believe-herman-melville-loved-nathaniel-hawthorne-4c0741a99fa5

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        wtf

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          This is just a man expressing his love and gratitude to another friend- nay, a brother. If any of you had anything approaching the actual heart and soul of a poet, you would understand how gratifying it is to finally meet someone who fully understands you.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            we only think this sounds gay because we grew up with a hypersexual media that expressed itself mainly in innuendo. not saying melville wasn't gay but i don't consider this an indicator especially when you know how hawthorne influenced moby dick's writing.

            This is silly. Its not expressly sexual but that doesnt make it totally not-gay. Its a normal amount of gay for the historical context

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            it's gay like the socratic idea of love is gay.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Yes. Unironically

            Gay =/= Homosexual

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        we only think this sounds gay because we grew up with a hypersexual media that expressed itself mainly in innuendo. not saying melville wasn't gay but i don't consider this an indicator especially when you know how hawthorne influenced moby dick's writing.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          This is just a man expressing his love and gratitude to another friend- nay, a brother. If any of you had anything approaching the actual heart and soul of a poet, you would understand how gratifying it is to finally meet someone who fully understands you.

          Okay, we solved the mystery. Not gay.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Are you fricking serious dude that is the gayest thing I've ever read.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            your mind is tainted

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/MCxMqV7.jpg

        wtf

        This homie sweet as a sugar plum
        Also you can just read his novels and that makes it plain as day

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Homoeroticism is IQfy.

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