Jacob's Page of Transcendentalism


What A Wonderful World
By: Louis Armstrong

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I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, "How do you do?"
They're really saying,
"I love you".

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Oh yeah.

I think that this song smybolizes alot about transcendentalism. In the song the writer (Louis Armstrong) describes the world as a happy place to live in and a care-free environment. He writes about how the world is a beautiful place to be in and he has a very optimistict and non-pessimist veiw about it. This ties in to what Thoreau believes to. Thoreau was considered a very over optimistic person in the eyes of some people. You could say the same think about Mr. Armstrong. He believed that the world was a great place to live in, and to raise your children in. They both see the greatness and potential in the world that we live in. Thoreau also said "Every morning was cheerful.." Armstrong shows this is his song too, he talks about when he wakes up and sees many wonderful things.

One Man Band

By Ronnie Dyson

All my life I've been alone but I've never really cared
Just a face inside a crowd, a stranger everywhere
Everyone I've ever known has disappointed me
I live and breathe only for me

No one's ever been inside the walls surrounding me
I depend on me myself to keep me company
No one cares about me so, I take good care of me
I'm in a world all of my own

Oh! One man band plays all alone
He plays to a song of his own
Yes, he does, yes, he does, Yes, he does
Oh! One man band plays all alone
He plays to a song of his own

I'm so self contented that it sometimes frightens me
I can do most anything with no one helping me
I'm concerned in everything that's for the good of me
No one but me cares about me

And each man is the master of his own destiny
And I can surely best determine what is right for me
If I had the chance to change my life I wouldn't dare
Doing OK, living this way

Oh! One man band plays all alone
He plays to a song of his own
Yes, he does, yes, he does, Yes, he does
Oh! One man band plays all alone
He plays to a song of his own

Oh! One man band plays all alone
He plays to a song of his own
Yes, he does, yes, he does, Yes, he does
Oh! One man band plays all alone
He plays to a song of his own
Oh! One man band plays all alone
He plays to a song of his own
Yes, he does, yes, he does, Yes, he does
Oh! One man band plays all alone
He plays to a song of his own

This is a song about being your own peron and not letting yourself get effected by the world and the people around you. It also talks about how you will most likely stand alone while the others around you don't agree with you. This has a lot in common with Emerson's beliefs. In Emerson's Self-Reliance writing, he says that "imitation is suicide" this is explained in the song too. Dyson explains how to be your own "one man band" and just be yourself. Emerson also says "imitation is suicide" and this whole song is about not imitating others and being yourelf so you can fuly realize your full potental.

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Deepak Sarkar better known as Kolki is an avid non-violent activist and shows his views through his poems and persuasive writings. He is also the founder of the Kolki Peace Foundation. The foundation is a non-commercial and non-profit organization that is dedicated to try to help people realize that violence is not the answer to problem solving. They also support human rights and equality. Kolki and his foundations share similar views as Emerson. The peace foundation speaks out about the importance of nature and why we the people need it. Emerson also believes this. He believes that by observing nature that we can find more out about ourselves and become better people to this world that we live in. Kolki's foundation has helped out many other organzitions as well as peace and nature activists too.


Works Cited:

Armstrong Louis "What A Wonderful World" Stlyrics.com Web. March 11, 2011
http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/coldfeetmoresongs/whatawonderfulworld.htm

Dyson Ronnie "One Man Band" Lyricstime.com Web. March 10, 2011
http://www.lyricstime.com/ronnie-dyson-one-man-band-plays-all-alone-lyrics.html

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Self-Reliance." The Language of Literature: American Literature. 2000. Arthur N. Applebee, et all, Ed. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2000.

His All Time Golden Classics Web. March 10, 2011
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"Kolki: Deepak Sarkar | PuppetGov." Puppetgov Solution Revolution. Puppetgov, Friday Aug. 2009. Web. 17 Mar. 2011. http://www.puppetgov.com/2009/08/07/kolki-deepak-sarkar

Sarkar, Deepak. "English Poems by Kolki." nd. Web. 15 Mar. 2011. <http://www.kolki.com/>.
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Sarkar, Deepak. "Kolki Peace Foundation." Index. Web. 15 Mar. 2011. <http://www.kolki.com/peace/Kolki-Peace-Foundation.htm>.
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Thoreau, Henry David. "Walden." The Language of Literature: American Literature. 2000. Arthur N. Applebee, et all, Ed. Evanston, Illinois: McDougal Littell, 2000.