Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

81. Post-Prandial 4/6/2010
82. Prelude To A Volume Printed In Raised Letters For The Blind 4/6/2010
83. Programme 4/6/2010
84. Prologue 4/6/2010
85. St. Anthony The Reformer 4/6/2010
86. The Cambridge Churchyard 4/6/2010
87. The Dying Seneca 4/6/2010
88. The Exile’s Secret 4/6/2010
89. The First Fan 4/6/2010
90. The Girdle Of Friendship 4/6/2010
91. The Last Prophecy Of Cassandra 4/6/2010
92. The Last Reader 4/6/2010
93. The Meeting Of The Dryads 4/6/2010
94. The Mind’s Diet 4/6/2010
95. The Mysterious Visitor 4/6/2010
96. The Old Cruiser 4/6/2010
97. The Old Player 4/6/2010
98. The Old Tune 4/6/2010
99. The Only Daughter. Illustration Of A Picture 4/6/2010
100. The Parting Word 4/6/2010
101. The Peau De Chagrin Of State Street 4/6/2010
102. The Philosopher To His Love 4/6/2010
103. The Poet’s Lot 4/6/2010
104. The Promise 4/6/2010
105. The Strong Heroic Line 4/6/2010
106. The Treadmill Song 4/6/2010
107. The Two Armies 4/6/2010
108. To John Greenleaf Whittier 4/6/2010
109. To My Old Readers 4/6/2010
110. To My Readers 4/6/2010
111. To Rutherford Birchard Hayes 4/6/2010
112. To The Eleven Ladies 4/6/2010
113. To The Poets Who Only Read And Listen 4/6/2010
114. To Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg 4/6/2010
115. To Frederick Henry Hedge 4/6/2010
116. To George Peabody 4/6/2010
117. To Governor Swain 4/6/2010
118. To H. W. Longfellow 4/6/2010
119. To James Freeman Clarke 4/6/2010
120. To An English Friend 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

Sun And Shadow

As I look from the isle, o'er its billows of green,
To the billows of foam-crested blue,
Yon bark, that afar in the distance is seen,
Half dreaming, my eyes will pursue:
Now dark in the shadow, she scatters the spray
As the chaff in the stroke of the flail;
Now white as the sea-gull, she flies on her way,
The sun gleaming bright on her sail.

Yet her pilot is thinking of dangers to shun,--
Of breakers that whiten and roar;
How little he cares, if in shadow or ...

Read the full of Sun And Shadow

The September Gale

I'M not a chicken; I have seen
Full many a chill September,
And though I was a youngster then,
That gale I well remember;
The day before, my kite-string snapped,
And I, my kite pursuing,
The wind whisked off my palm-leaf hat;
For me two storms were brewing!

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