Departed Days

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 11 recordings of Departerd Days by Oliver Wendell Holmes. This was the Weekly Poetry project for May 8, 2011.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. was an American physician, professor, lecturer, and author. Regarded by his peers as one of the best writers of the 19th century, he is considered a member of the Fireside Poets. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858). He is recognized as an important medical reformer.
1830 proved to be an important year for Holmes as a poet; while disappointed by his law studies, he began writing poetry for his own amusement. Before the end of the year, he had produced over fifty poems, contributing twenty-five of them (all unsigned) to The Collegian, a short-lived publication started by friends from Harvard. Four of these poems would ultimately become among his best-known: "The Dorchester Giant", "Reflections of a Proud Pedestrian", "Evening / By a Tailor" and "The Height of the Ridiculous". Nine more of his poems were published anonymously in the 1830 pamphlet Illustrations of the Athenaeum Gallery of Paintings. (summary from Wikipedia) (0 hr 11 min)


Departed Days – Read by AH 1:02 Read by AdamH
Departed Days – Read by AJC 0:59 Read by A. J. Carroll
Departed Days – Read by CD 1:08 Read by CalmDragon
Departed Days – Read by DL 1:05 Read by David Lawrence
Departed Days – Read by ECB 1:05 Read by Elise C. Boucher
Departed Days – Read by GHS 1:07 Read by Algy Pug
Departed Days – Read by JV 1:03 Read by jVareckova
Departed Days – Read by LLW 1:12 Read by Leonard Wilson
Departed Days – Read by MEG 1:01 Read by Megan Goode
Departed Days – Read by RN 1:12 Read by ravenotation
Departed Days – Read by EZWA 1:05 Read by Ezwa