Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

81. In Response 4/6/2010
82. What I Have Come For 4/6/2010
83. At The Unitarian Festival 4/6/2010
84. At The 4/6/2010
85. Unsatisfied 4/6/2010
86. Even-Song 4/6/2010
87. King’s Chapel 4/6/2010
88. Hymn For The Two Hundredth Anniversary Of King’s Chapel 4/6/2010
89. Hymn Written For The Great Central Fair In Philadelphia, 1864 4/6/2010
90. Hymn.—the Word Of Promise 4/6/2010
91. The Girdle Of Friendship 4/6/2010
92. Prologue 4/6/2010
93. The Cambridge Churchyard 4/6/2010
94. The First Fan 4/6/2010
95. In Memory Of John And Robert Ware 4/6/2010
96. Hymn For The Celebration At The Laying Of The Cornerstone Of Harvard Memorial Hall, Cambridge, October 6, 1870 4/6/2010
97. One Country 4/6/2010
98. Our Yankee Girls 4/6/2010
99. Poem At The Centennial Anniversary Dinner Of The Massachusetts Medical Society 4/6/2010
100. Our Oldest Friend 4/6/2010
101. From A Bachelor’s Private Journal 4/6/2010
102. At A Birthday Festival 4/6/2010
103. Avis 4/6/2010
104. Once More 4/6/2010
105. Our Banker 4/6/2010
106. Parting Hymn 4/6/2010
107. At A Dinner To General Grant 4/6/2010
108. A Sun-Day Hymn 4/6/2010
109. Verses For After-Dinner 4/6/2010
110. After A Lecture On Shelley 4/6/2010
111. At A Dinner To Admiral Farragut 4/6/2010
112. Hymn At The Funeral Services Of Charles Sumner 4/6/2010
113. The Rose And The Fern 4/6/2010
114. Iris, Her Book 4/6/2010
115. Nux Postcoenatica 4/6/2010
116. At A Meeting Of Friends 4/6/2010
117. An Appeal For 4/6/2010
118. At The Close Of A Course Of Lectures 4/6/2010
119. For The Burns Centennial Celebration 4/6/2010
120. Francis Parkman 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 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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