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  • The Chambered Nautilus
    In this poem Oliver Wendell Holmes is glorifying the chambered nautilus and mourning the death of a single representative of the species. In the first several verses, the nautilus is compared to a...

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    Supporting the poet's purpose of expressing the importance of continually building a nobler, more spiritual existence, imagery in Oliver Wendell Holmes's "The Chambered Nautilus" becomes very...

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    Interestingly, the word nautilus is derived from the Greek word for sailor because Greeks thought this shell could really move on the surface of the water, using a membrane as its sail. The first...

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    it is in stanzas

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    In Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem "The Chambered Nautilus," the poet describes through the first three stanzas, the practice of sea creatures living in a shell for a time. And when a creature decides...

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    The poem was first published in 1857 in an edition of The Atlantic Monthly. The poem was therefore written at the height of the American Renaissance where there was a resurgence in the growth of...

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    There are, in fact, quite a few similarities between the poems "The Chambered Nautilus" by Oliver Wendell Holmes and "Thanatopsis" by William Cullen Bryant, but there are also some significant...

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  • The Chambered Nautilus
    The theme is expansion, growth and the hope that life will improve and become refined over time. The narrator describes a nautilus, the "ship of pearl, which, poets feign, Sail the unshadowed...

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    Holmes seems to be referring here to 'the work ethic' which will eventually lead to the hardest most virtuous workers getting on in life and improving their social situation. This has relevance to...

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    The extended metaphor in "The Chambered Nautilus" by Oliver Wendell Holmes is a comparison between the growth of the nautilus that must "leave thy low-vaulted past" for a larger chamber to the...

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    The entire poem is rife with rich imagery. First, the speaker compares the shell to a ship that has been abandoned. As he beholds the "ship of pearl" he wonders about the years that it...

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    In the first line Holmes uses the metaphor "ship of pearl" to describe the chambered nautilus. He's referring to the smooth shell of the nautilus, the "precious" quality, and how it grows...

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