Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

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