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Oliver Wendell Holmes

a group english project
by

Jeanette Hargis

on 28 February 2011

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Transcript of Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes Book Questions 1) According to the speaker, destructive and deadly vents have taken place on the ship. His description of these events suggests that he respects "Old Ironsides." 2) Lines 15 & 16 contain the images "harpies of the shore'' and ''eagle of the sea.'' ''Harpies of the shore'' would be people that would take advantage of a docked ship (i.e. pirates). "The eagle of the sea" is another name for the ship. 3) The speaker finally suggests that the ship should sink. He might prefer this end to the one described in lines 15 and 16 because he respects the ship and it should be taken in an honorable manner (while doing what it is meant to do). 4) It might also be important to reserve reminders of your own personal history because it will make you more grateful for what you have and remind you of what doesn't work so you don't make the same mistakes. 5) According to lines 1-14, the nautilus grew. The speaker's attitude toward the nautilus seems to be one of amazement and awe. The speaker cannot believe that something so apparently frail could do such a thing. "Old Ironsides" "The Chambered Nautilus" Meaning Of The Chambered Nautilus 6) According to lines 15-21, the nautilus is growing its new shell and it leaves its old one to live in the bigger
one. The speaker thinks the creature is beautiful and remarkable because it rebuilds its own home. 7) The speaker is thanking the nautilus for its heavenly
message it brings. He learns that once you accomplish
something, you have to keep going and trying to accomplish
an even bigger goal. 8) The sweet summer wind, streaming hair, its irised ceiling rent, a voice that sings are all examples of imagery. It is effective in showing how the nautilus builds a new shell and where it lives and it helps you understand what happens to the nautilus during its life. Literary Devices in The Chambered Nautilus Romantic Elements of The Chambered Nautilus The nautilus is a symbol of the human soul, stressing that people should grow, develop, and expand their horizons until the end. This
is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign,
Sail the unshadowed main,–
The venturous bark that flings
On the sweet summer wind its purpled wings
In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings,
And coral reefs lie bare,
Where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair.

Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl;
Wrecked is the ship of pearl!
And every chambered cell,
Where its dim dreaming life was wont to dwell,
As the frail tenant shaped his growing shell,
Before thee lies revealed,–
Its irised ceiling rent, its sunless crypt unsealed!

Year after year beheld the silent toil
That spread his lustrous coil;
Still, as the spiral grew,
He left the past year’s dwelling for the new,
Stole with soft step its shining archway through,
Built up its idle door,
Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more.

Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee,
Child of the wandering sea,
Cast from her lap, forlorn!
From thy dead lips a clearer note is born
Than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn;
While on mine ear it rings,
Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:–

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low-vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea!
The Chambered Nautilus Imagery where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair where the Siren sings Alliteration stole with soft step stately mansions, O my soul, the swift seasons roll! Apostrophe Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, As the swift seasons roll! Individualism The poem talks about one nautilus instead of many. Imagination Amazement is portrayed throughout the piece. Nature The speaker is amazed by nature's abilities. The Distant The setting is some unnamed beach at an unnamed time. Autumn Funderburg, Jeanette Hargis,
Carma Berry, and Erin Burgher
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