Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

201. Chanson Without Music 4/6/2010
202. Youth 4/6/2010
203. Musa 4/6/2010
204. A Voice Of The Loyal North 4/6/2010
205. A Toast To Wilkie Collins 4/6/2010
206. Robinson Of Leyden 4/6/2010
207. Tatarus 4/6/2010
208. The Broken Circle 4/6/2010
209. The September Gale 12/31/2002
210. The Dilemma 4/6/2010
211. Voyage Of The Good Ship Union 4/6/2010
212. Agnes 4/6/2010
213. James Russell Lowell 4/6/2010
214. In The Twilight 4/6/2010
215. At The Close Of A Course Of Lectures 4/6/2010
216. At The 4/6/2010
217. Our Limitations 4/6/2010
218. The Island Hunting-Song 4/6/2010
219. Hail, Columbia! 4/6/2010
220. Remember--Forget 4/6/2010
221. At The Papyrus Club 4/6/2010
222. Welcome To The Chicago Commercial Club 4/6/2010
223. From The Iron Gate 4/6/2010
224. For The Services In Memory Of Abraham Lincoln 4/6/2010
225. Poem Read At The Dinner Given To The Author By The Medical Profession Of The City Of New York, April 12, 1883 4/6/2010
226. The Banker’s Secret 4/6/2010
227. What We All Think 4/6/2010
228. Astraea: The Balance Of Illusions 4/6/2010
229. How The Old Horse Won The Bet 4/6/2010
230. De Sauty 4/6/2010
231. The Coming Era 4/6/2010
232. America To Russia 4/6/2010
233. The Crooked Footpath 4/6/2010
234. The Archbishop And Gil Blas 4/6/2010
235. Hymn For The Class-Meeting 4/6/2010
236. A Souvenir 4/6/2010
237. Spring 4/6/2010
238. Shakespeare 4/6/2010
239. A Rhymed Lesson (Urania) 4/6/2010
240. The Hudson 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

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 Opening Of The Piano

IN the little southern parlor of tbe house you may have seen
With the gambrel-roof, and the gable looking westward to the green,
At the side toward the sunset, with the window on its right,
Stood the London-made piano I am dreaming of to-night!

Ah me! how I remember the evening when it came!
What a cry of eager voices, what a group of cheeks in flame,
When the wondrous box was opened that had come from over seas,
With its smell of mastic-varnish and i

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