Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

321. On The Death Of President Garfield 4/6/2010
322. Dorothy Q. 12/31/2002
323. Cacoethes Scribendi 1/1/2004
324. Contentment 12/31/2002
325. The Deacon's Masterpiece Or, The Wonderful "One-Hoss Shay": A Logical Story 1/13/2003
326. The Height Of The Ridiculous 12/31/2002
327. The Last Leaf 12/31/2002
328. The Chambered Nautilus 12/31/2002
329. The Flower Of Liberty 12/31/2002
330. A Farewell To Agassiz 12/31/2002
331. The Iron Gate 12/31/2002
332. A Parody On “a Psalm Of Life” 5/24/2003
333. Old Ironsides 1/1/2004
334. The Boys 12/31/2002
335. Sun And Shadow 12/31/2002
336. A Familiar Letter 12/31/2002
Best Poem of Oliver Wendell Holmes

A Familiar Letter

YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying;
Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold?
I'll show you that rhyming's as easy as lying,
If you'll listen to me while the art I unfold.

Here's a book full of words; one can choose as he fancies,
As a painter his tint, as a workman his tool;
Just think! all the poems and plays and romances
Were drawn out of this, like the fish from a pool!

You can wander at will through its syllabled mazes,
And take all you want, not a copper they cost,--
What is...

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The Last Leaf

I saw him once before,
As he passed by the door,
And again
The pavement stones resound,
As he totters o'er the ground
With his cane.

They say that in his prime,
Ere the pruning-knife of Time

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