Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

41. The Moral Bully 4/6/2010
42. The Philosopher To His Love 4/6/2010
43. The Shadows 4/6/2010
44. The Stethoscope Song. A Professional Ballad 4/6/2010
45. The Toadstool 4/6/2010
46. The Ploughman 4/6/2010
47. To A Caged Lion 4/6/2010
48. The Parting Word 4/6/2010
49. The Mysterious Visitor 4/6/2010
50. The Old Cruiser 4/6/2010
51. The Last Survivor 4/6/2010
52. The Mind’s Diet 4/6/2010
53. To H. W. Longfellow 4/6/2010
54. The Sweet Little Man 4/6/2010
55. Two Poems To Harriet Beecher Stowe 4/6/2010
56. To Canaan 4/6/2010
57. The Two Armies 4/6/2010
58. To An English Friend 4/6/2010
59. To George Peabody 4/6/2010
60. The Promise 4/6/2010
61. The Last Reader 4/6/2010
62. Benjamin Peirce 4/6/2010
63. Two Sonnets: Harvard 4/6/2010
64. To The Portrait Of 4/6/2010
65. The Wasp And The Hornet 4/6/2010
66. Under The Washington Elm, Cambridge 4/6/2010
67. Too Young For Love 4/6/2010
68. The Rose And The Fern 4/6/2010
69. Hymn For The Inauguration Of The Statue Of Governor Andrew 4/6/2010
70. Harvard 4/6/2010
71. The Exile’s Secret 4/6/2010
72. J. D. R. 4/6/2010
73. L’inconnue 4/6/2010
74. A Song. For The Centennial Celebration Of Harvard College 4/6/2010
75. Welcome To The Nations 4/6/2010
76. Hymn For The Dedication Of Memorial Hall At Cambridge, June 23, 1874 4/6/2010
77. Poem For The Two Hundred And Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Founding Of Harvard College 4/6/2010
78. Wind-Clouds And Star-Drifts 4/6/2010
79. Address For The Opening Of The Fifth Avenue Theatre 4/6/2010
80. H. C. M. H. S. J. K. W. 4/6/2010

Comments about Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • Heidi Litobar (11/12/2017 7:31:00 PM)

    I am trying to find the complete poem that contains, Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave but not our hearts

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (3/2/2016 12:45:00 PM)

    (from Wikipedia)
    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (August 29,1809 – October 7,1894) was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, his peers acclaimed him as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous prose works are the Breakfast-Table series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858) . He was also an important medical reformer.

    Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Holmes was educated at Phillips Academy and Harvard College. After graduating from Harvard in 1829, he briefly studied law before turning to the medical profession. He began writing poetry at an early age; one of his most famous works, Old Ironsides, was published in 1830 and was influential in the eventual preservation of the USS Constitution. Following training at the prestigious medical schools of Paris, Holmes was granted his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1836. He taught at Dartmouth Medical School before returning to teach at Harvard and, for a time, served as dean there. During his long professorship, he became an advocate for various medical reforms and notably posited the controversial idea that doctors were capable of carrying puerperal fever from patient to patient. Holmes retired from Harvard in 1882 and continued writing poetry, novels and essays until his death in 1894.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (3/2/2016 12:44:00 PM)

    Surrounded by Boston's literary elite—which included friends such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and James Russell Lowell—Holmes made an indelible imprint on the literary world of the 19th century. Many of his works were published in The Atlantic Monthly, a magazine that he named. For his literary achievements and other accomplishments, he was awarded numerous honorary degrees from universities around the world. Holmes's writing often commemorated his native Boston area, and much of it was meant to be humorous or conversational. Some of his medical writings, notably his 1843 essay regarding the contagiousness of puerperal fever, were considered innovative for their time. He was often called upon to issue occasional poetry, or poems written specifically for an event, including many occasions at Harvard. Holmes also popularized several terms, including Boston Brahmin and anesthesia.

  • Hannah Martin (2/19/2016 9:34:00 PM)

    Oliver Wendell Holmes is a wonderful poet! I especially love The Chambered Nautilus. It is beautiful, deep, and inspiring!

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...

Read the full of A Familiar Letter

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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