Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

Oliver Wendell Holmes Poems

281. Spring Has Come 4/6/2010
282. The Angel-Thief 4/6/2010
283. A Song Of 4/6/2010
284. Hymn Of Trust 4/6/2010
285. A Portrait 4/6/2010
286. A Good Time Going! 4/6/2010
287. A Memorial Tribute 4/6/2010
288. A Poem. Dedication Of The Pittsfield Cemetery 4/6/2010
289. The Opening Of The Piano 12/31/2002
290. Lexington 4/6/2010
291. The Silent Melody 12/31/2002
292. A Hymn Of Peace 4/6/2010
293. Fantasia 4/6/2010
294. Questions And Answers 4/6/2010
295. A Roman Aqueduct 4/6/2010
296. The Old Man Dreams 12/31/2002
297. A Poem For The Meeting Of The American Medical Association At New York, May 5, 1853 4/6/2010
298. The Two Streams 1/1/2004
299. A Noontide Lyric 4/6/2010
300. A Parting Health 4/6/2010
301. The Living Temple 12/31/2002
302. A Birthday Tribute 4/6/2010
303. A Family Record 4/6/2010
304. The FlaÂNeur 1/1/2004
305. Æstivation 12/31/2002
306. The Voiceless 12/31/2002
307. For The Moore Centennial Celebration 12/31/2002
308. Union And Liberty 12/31/2002
309. Daily Trials By A Sensitive Man 1/1/2004
310. Poem (Halleck Monument Dedication) 12/31/2002
311. The Star And The Water Lily 6/21/2005
312. A Ballad Of The Boston Tea-Party 4/6/2010
313. A Loving-Cup Song 4/6/2010
314. Brother Jonathan's Lament 12/31/2002
315. Under The Violets 12/31/2002
316. A Sentiment 4/6/2010
317. My Aviary 12/31/2002
318. The Dorchester Giant 12/31/2002
319. Dorothy Q. 12/31/2002
320. Martha 12/31/2002

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 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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