Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

321. Martha 12/31/2002
322. On The Death Of President Garfield 4/6/2010
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 Last Leaf 12/31/2002
327. The Height Of The Ridiculous 12/31/2002
328. The Flower Of Liberty 12/31/2002
329. The Chambered Nautilus 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 Dorchester Giant

THERE was a giant in time of old,
A mighty one was he;
He had a wife, but she was a scold,
So he kept her shut in his mammoth fold;
And he had children three.

It happened to be an election day,
And the giants were choosing a king;
The people were not democrats then,

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