The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes


The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Poem The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes
This is a specific example of American poetry by one of this country's most famous poets. This section provides a selection of different types of American poetry including the poem by this famous American Poet. The American poetry and poems have been selected to cover all aspect of this kind of poetry and poem. The following American poem The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes from this famous poet can be used as a good example of American poetry.
 

The poem The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes
 

I saw him once before,
As he passed by the door,
And again
The pavement stones resound,
As he totters o'er the ground
With his cane.

They say that in his prime,
Ere the pruning-knife of Time
Cut him down,
Not a better man was found
By the Crier on his round
Through the town.

But now he walks the streets,
And looks at all he meets
Sad and wan,
And he shakes his feeble head,
That it seems as if he said,
"They are gone."

The mossy marbles rest
On the lips that he has prest
In their bloom,
And the names he loved to hear
Have been carved for many a year
On the tomb.

My grandmamma has said
Poor old lady, she is dead
Long ago
That he had a Roman nose,
And his cheek was like a rose
In the snow;

But now his nose is thin,
And it rests upon his chin
Like a staff,
And a crook is in his back,
And a melancholy crack
In his laugh.

I know it is a sin
For me to sit and grin
At him here;
But the old three-cornered hat,
And the breeches, and all that,
Are so queer!

And if I should live to be
The last leaf upon the tree
In the spring,
Let them smile, as I do now,
At the old forsaken bough
Where I cling.

 

The Poem The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes - Example of American Poetry
Poetry written such as the poem The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes is piece of literature written by a American poet in meter or verse expressing various emotions which are expressed by the use of variety of techniques including metaphors, similes and onomatopoeia. The emphasis on the aesthetics of language and the use of techniques such as repetition, meter and rhyme are what are commonly used to distinguish American poetry from American prose. Poems often make heavy use of imagery and word association to quickly convey emotions. A famous example of American poetry is the poem The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

The Poem The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes - Example of Structure of American Poetry
The structure used in an American poem varies with different types of poetry and can be seen in the above example of the poem The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes. The structural elements might include the line, couplet, strophe and stanza. Poets and American Poetry combine the use of language and a specific structure to create an imaginative and expressive poem such as The Last Leaf by Oliver Wendell Holmes . The structure used in some Poetry types are also used when considering the visual effect of a finished poem.
 

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