Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Title: Ironside means someone or something string or brave, so it could possibly be about a person or thing fighting, but since it says old, this person or thing could be struggling throughout the poem

Oliver WendellHolmes

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-Born on August 29,1809 in Cambridge, Massachusetts-He would become and author, poet, physician, and teacher-Graduated from Harvard in 1836-Had much success early in life, but did not consider himself a good poet-He, among four others, is a Fireside Poet

By Cara Hopkins

Her deck, once red with heroes' blood,  Where knelt the vanquished foe,  When winds were hurrying o'er the flood,  And waves were white below,  No more shall feel the victor's tread,  Or know the conquered knee; -- The harpies of the shore shall pluck  The eagle of the sea!  -Old Ironsides

In the world’s broad field of battle, In the great barnyard of life, Be not like those lazy cattle! Be a rooster in the strife! Lives of roosters all remind us, We can make our lives sublime, And when roasted, leave behind us, Hen tracks on the sands of time. -A Parody On "A Psalm Of Life"

WHAT flower is this that greets the morn,Its hues from Heaven so freshly born?With burning star and flaming bandIt kindles all the sunset land:Oh tell us what its name may be,--Is this the Flower of Liberty?  -The Flower of Liberty

Connotation: The author uses imagery to give the reader a visual of what the battle was like. Holmes also uses string diction such as: mighty, roar, conquered, and vanquished to get the reader to feel what it felt like to be the victor on the boat

Shifts:The author ended his first and last line in exclamation points to make a statement. The first stanza talks about before the boat sinks, the second talks about the boat while it's sinking, and the third stanza talks about the boat being under water in its grave.


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