Byron was a cad
Shelley was a whiny little baby
Thoreau was... well, he was also a whiny little baby
Dante was a stalker
Emerson is unassailable.
Emerson is pretty assailable. He is the forerunner to the vapid New England Phish-head hippie. Thoreau >>> Emerson. He does get bonus points for being pretty libertarian and definitely an abolitionist, though.
Also, I never figured out why Jill Sobule calls out McCartney as opposed to Lennon in that song. Lennon was definitely the darker and more misanthropic man during the time when those two had their problems.
Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"