Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809-1894 / United States)

A Familiar Letter - Poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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,
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Comments about A Familiar Letter by Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • Aremo Abiodun Best (7/11/2016 3:05:00 AM)

    amazing piece of artistry (Report) Reply

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  • (1/31/2015 2:49:00 AM)

    Well, I ordinarily don't care much for the Fireside poets. Traditional rhyming poems like this usually irritate me. Poems this long I expect to tell a story or have a gripping appeal. From all I've read about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., his father was not a very admirable man or likable father. But, in spite of all this, I must admit this is delightful. I can't understand why we weren't given this in all those American literature anthologies that were foisted upon us with most of the words never to so clever, humorous, appealing, even inspiring in its own way. I wish it had a more appropriate title; maybe, more intriguing or connotative or indicative of the content and tone of the poem: I might have suggested The Rhyming Tarantula. (Report) Reply

  • (4/30/2013 8:38:00 AM)

    I might be posting twice here. Sorry, I didn't know I had to create an account first.

    Is there a place online that I can read about who Sybil was in A Familiar Letter?
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  • (10/25/2012 7:37:00 PM)

    beautifully written love the rhyming and definitely will read a second time.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Ibrahim Sambo (1/31/2012 5:22:00 PM)

    Long but enjoyable poetic definition of poetry.A lot inspiration lies in this masterpiece for he who aspires for poetic glory. (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2012 2:35:00 PM)

    Move like Jagger
    of the Rolling Stones?
    No thanks; I'd much rather
    rhyme, like Oliver Wendell Holmes.
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  • (1/31/2012 3:47:00 AM)

    it sounds like a grandpa
    talking to his beloved
    about haves, have nots,
    do's and don'ts of writing.
    very truthful in way so pipe
    it yourself
    it gives something to smile
    for cold morning. where's
    that rhyming tarantula that
    bit me? lol
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  • (1/31/2012 12:56:00 AM)

    great poem. i like it very much. (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2011 11:08:00 AM)

    This is a very inspiring poem, as I see, for new poets. It is definitely one of the best poems ever to be self made. But I think it might be a little too long..... (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2011 2:36:00 AM)

    This is one of the n00best poems is ever read (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2010 10:23:00 PM)

    the flow, rhyme, and almost everything going soft and great....

    but i think presenting an idea this long made me bored....

    but all through it's a good artpiece...
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  • (1/31/2010 5:42:00 AM)

    Yes an easy read but, oh how times have changed. Was not Alfred Lord Tennyson the last poet to achieve real wealth and fame writing poetry? Is
    'Well; imagine you've printed your volume of verses:
    Your forehead is wreathed with the garland of fame, ' such fame achievable now, unless the rhyme is sung lyrical, as so many poetic songs are. Does
    'Each morning the post brings you autograph letters;
    You'll answer them promptly, - an hour isn't much
    For the honor of sharing a page with your betters,
    With magistrates, members of Congress, and such.' seem realistic today?
    This poem is also wonderful for highlighting the changes. We need no address to comment on any poet on his site and communication is instant delivery.
    Anyone out there written a poem on this?
    (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (1/31/2010 2:44:00 AM)

    Wonderful teaching....re-readable for many times to enjoy.....thanks dear poet (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/31/2010 1:32:00 AM)

    How easy it is to write poetry the poem says and kindles all to write poetry! Anyone can follow as he says and can surely one day achieve writing a full book of poetry to get the honours he has mentioned! Indeed where there is a will there is a way! (Report) Reply

  • (11/29/2009 7:04:00 PM)

    Beautifully written. The rhyming is just perfect; a, b - a, b in every stanza with out loosing the connection......... (Report) Reply

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  • (1/31/2007 9:39:00 PM)

    Delightfully playful. Often we use poetry as an outlet for emotion and forget that it can also be a lighthearted literary form. (Report) Reply

  • (1/31/2007 10:09:00 AM)

    I really did enjoy reading this....it was very well written. Creative/Descriptive/illustrative.....well written. (Report) Reply

  • Charles M Moore (2/24/2006 10:51:00 AM)

    Brilliant poem, I am not worthy. (Report) Reply

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