Interested in Language
1)The Poet by Ralph EmersonThe breadth of the problem is great, for the poet is representative. He stands among partial men for the complete man, and apprises us not of his wealth, but of the common wealth. The young man reveres men of genius, because, to speak truly, they are more himself than he is. They receive of the soul as he also receives, but they more.
of, involving, or affecting a part rather than the whole of something : not total or entire : not general or universal : existing to a limited extent only
among partial men, he stood for the complete man — Van Wyck Brooks
Explain to me please the meaning of the phrases in bold.
complete adjective (VERY GREAT) - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online This is the closest definition of "complete" for that context (it is a poem). "partial" means "not complete".