Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

241. A Souvenir 4/6/2010
242. Spring 4/6/2010
243. Shakespeare 4/6/2010
244. A Rhymed Lesson (Urania) 4/6/2010
245. Departed Days 4/6/2010
246. The Hudson 4/6/2010
247. On Lending A Punch-Bowl 4/6/2010
248. Aunt Tabitha 4/6/2010
249. Songs In Many Keys 4/6/2010
250. No Time Like The Old Time 4/6/2010
251. Joseph Warren, M. D. 4/6/2010
252. Poetry: A Metrical Essay, Read Before The Phi Beta Kappa Society, Harvard 4/6/2010
253. Semi-Centennial Celebration Of The New England Society 4/6/2010
254. Choose You This Day Whom Ye Will Serve 4/6/2010
255. The Bells 4/6/2010
256. Ave 4/6/2010
257. Midsummer 4/6/2010
258. I Like You And I Love You 4/6/2010
259. Evening. By A Tailor 4/6/2010
260. The Last Look 4/6/2010
261. The Last Blossom 4/6/2010
262. After The Fire 4/6/2010
263. Lucy 4/6/2010
264. At The Banquet To The Grand Duke Alexis 4/6/2010
265. A Poem Served To Order 4/6/2010
266. The Broomstick Train; Or, The Return Of The Witches 4/6/2010
267. The Last Charge 4/6/2010
268. The Gray Chief 4/6/2010
269. The Comet 4/6/2010
270. Hymn After The Emancipation Proclamation 4/6/2010
271. A Sentiment Offered At The Dinner To H. I. H. The Prince Napoleon 4/6/2010
272. Our Indian Summer 4/6/2010
273. The Hot Season 4/6/2010
274. A Sea Dialogue 4/6/2010
275. Hymn Of Trust 4/6/2010
276. Lexington 4/6/2010
277. God Save The Flag 4/6/2010
278. My Aunt 4/6/2010
279. Questions And Answers 4/6/2010
280. A Song Of Other Days 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 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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