Poetry by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr (1809-1894), a professor of anatomy at Harvard University, wrote poetry as a hobby. Some of his most memorable poems tell historical stories. In both his life and his work, he was connected with the author Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Engraved by J. Andrews & F. Halpin.
Published in Favorite Authors: a companion-book of prose and poetry (James Fields, 1869).
Via Images from the History of Medicine

“Old Ironsides”

“To John Greenleaf Whittier on His Eightieth Birthday”

“The Deacon’s Masterpiece (or The Wonderful “One-Hoss-Shay: A Logical Story)”

Last, but not least, Holmes had the honor of being mocked (along with other famous writers) in “A Fable for Critics” by James Russell Lowell.