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Just the hour of the Earthquake shock!
End of the wonderful one-hoss shay,
HELPS TO STUDY
Notes and Questions How does Holmes account for the applied ?
fact that a chaise breaks down, To what does the poet compare but doesn't wear out''?
the breaking down of the chaise What kind of chaise did the Dea Read lines which show the serious con decide to build :
side of the poet's nature. On what principle did he expect Read the lines by means of which to do this?
he passes from seriousness to Read the lines in which the Deacon jest.
states the result of his expe Do you think Holmes expects his rience with chaises.
readers to believe this story? What do you think of his reason Give reason for your answer. ing!
What was his purpose in writing it? To what besides the building of a What has the reading of this poem
chaise might this principle be done for you
Words and Phrases for Discussion “Georgius Secundus”
“from the German hive' “Lisbon earthquake day”
HELPS TO STUDY Historical: Old Ironsides was the name given the frigat Constitution. It was proposed by the Secretary of the Navy to dispose of the ship as it had become unfit for service. Popular sentiment did not ap
It was said a ship which was the pride of the nation should continue to be the property of the Navy and be rebuilt for service when needed. Holmes wrote this poem at the time of this discussion.
prove of this.
Notes and Questions Of what does the first stanza treat What is meant by lines 15 and 16? The second
Where does Holmes say should be What does the third stanza tell
of Old Ironsides 9 you?
Why? To what does “tattered ensign” Explain lines 23 and 24. refer
Which lines do you like best? What is “The meteor of the ocean Why!
Words and Phrases for Discussion “sweep the clouds” "vanquished foe” 6 victor's tread” “conquered knee" “The god of storms! "shattered hulk' "mighty deep"
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
Has there any old fellow got mixed with the boys ?
Was it snowing I spoke of? Excuse the mistake !
That fellow's the “Speaker,"—the one on the right;
There's a boy, we pretend, with a three-decker brain,
And there's a nice youngster of excellent pith,
of thee !"
You hear that boy laughing ?-You think he's all fun;
Yes, we're boys,--always playing with tongue or with pen,-
Then here's to our boyhood, its gold and its gray!
HELPS TO STUDY Historical: This poem was read by Oliver Wendell Holmes at a reunion of his college class thirty years after their graduation,
Notes and Questions
Who were “the boys’’?
think Holmes meant? How could it be interpreted as showing spite against
"the boys''? How did the poet defend “gray
temples at twenty''? What was the significance in early
times of the garland or wreath
upon the head ? What do you think the garlands
which the poet imagines his classmates “have shed” repre.
sent? Of what does Holmes say their new
garlands were made ? What might the "new garlands”
What fancy does the poet carry
out in the next stanza What song did the “nice young.
ster'' write ? What is his full name? What word is omitted from the line
of the song quoted by Holmes ? How do you think Holmes felt to
ward the laughing “boy''? Why
do you think so ? Can you name anything besides
“tongue and pen” with which
men may be said to play? What time of life is meant by
the “gold”? By the “gray''? How much of this poem is fun? Which stanza do you like best?
Why? What do you know about Oliver
Wendell Holmes from this poem