Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

161. Freedom Or Queen 4/6/2010
162. A Welcome To Dr. Benjamin Apthorp Gould 4/6/2010
163. For The Window In St. Margaret’s 4/6/2010
164. For The Centennial Dinner 4/6/2010
165. Lines By A Clerk 4/6/2010
166. Our Sweet Singer 4/6/2010
167. La Maison D’or 4/6/2010
168. Humboldt’s Birthday 4/6/2010
169. F. W. C. 4/6/2010
170. At The Banquet To The Chinese Embassy 4/6/2010
171. For Whittier’s Seventieth Birthday 4/6/2010
172. Ode For Washington’s Birthday 4/6/2010
173. Programme 4/6/2010
174. Rip Van Winkle. Canto I. 4/6/2010
175. Near The Snow-Line 4/6/2010
176. La Grisette 4/6/2010
177. First Verses 4/6/2010
178. At The Saturday Club 4/6/2010
179. An Old-Year Song 4/6/2010
180. For Class Meeting 4/6/2010
181. The Organ-Blower 12/31/2002
182. Avis 4/6/2010
183. An Impromptu 4/6/2010
184. Lines 4/6/2010
185. Vestigia Quinque Retrorsum 4/6/2010
186. At My Fireside 4/6/2010
187. Reflections Of A Proud Pedestrian 4/6/2010
188. America To Russia 4/6/2010
189. Epilogue To The Breakfast-Table Series 4/6/2010
190. Rhymes Of A Life-Time 4/6/2010
191. Edward Everett 4/6/2010
192. But One Talent 4/6/2010
193. Album Verses 4/6/2010
194. Never Or Now 4/6/2010
195. Boston To Florence 4/6/2010
196. For The Commemoration Services 4/6/2010
197. Latter-Day Warnings 4/6/2010
198. Mare Rubrum 4/6/2010
199. Hymn For The Fair At Chicago 4/6/2010
200. American Academy Centennial Celebration 4/6/2010
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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