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Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809—1894) American physician, poet, and essayist

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841—1935)

 

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Poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes, first published in The Amateur (1831) and reprinted in his Poems (1836), and, according to the poet, suggested by the appearance in one of our streets of a venerable relic of the Revolution, said to be one of the party who threw the tea overboard in Boston Harbor.” The subject is Major Thomas Melville, Herman Melville's grandfather, and the poet's smile leveled at him is not meant disrespectfully,But the old three-cornered hat,And the breeches, and all that,Are so queer!

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