Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

41. All Here 4/6/2010
42. America To Russia 4/6/2010
43. American Academy Centennial Celebration 4/6/2010
44. An After-Dinner Poem 4/6/2010
45. An Appeal For 4/6/2010
46. An Evening Thought 4/6/2010
47. An Impromptu 4/6/2010
48. An Impromptu - Ii 4/6/2010
49. An Old-Year Song 4/6/2010
50. Army Hymn 4/6/2010
51. Astraea: The Balance Of Illusions 4/6/2010
52. At A Birthday Festival 4/6/2010
53. At A Dinner To Admiral Farragut 4/6/2010
54. At A Dinner To General Grant 4/6/2010
55. At A Meeting Of Friends 4/6/2010
56. At My Fireside 4/6/2010
57. At The 4/6/2010
58. At The Banquet To The Chinese Embassy 4/6/2010
59. At The Banquet To The Grand Duke Alexis 4/6/2010
60. At The Banquet To The Japanese Embassy 4/6/2010
61. At The Close Of A Course Of Lectures 4/6/2010
62. At The Pantomime 4/6/2010
63. At The Papyrus Club 4/6/2010
64. At The Saturday Club 4/6/2010
65. At The Turn Of The Road 4/6/2010
66. At The Unitarian Festival 4/6/2010
67. Aunt Tabitha 4/6/2010
68. Ave 4/6/2010
69. Avis 4/6/2010
70. Benjamin Peirce 4/6/2010
71. Bill And Joe 12/31/2002
72. Birthday Of Daniel Webster 4/6/2010
73. Boston To Florence 4/6/2010
74. Brother Jonathan's Lament 12/31/2002
75. Bryant’s Seventieth Birthday 4/6/2010
76. But One Talent 4/6/2010
77. But One Talent 4/6/2010
78. Cacoethes Scribendi 1/1/2004
79. Call Him Not Old, Whose Visionary Brain 9/1/2015
80. Chanson Without Music 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.
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  • 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 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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