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Analysis and comments on The Deacon's Masterpiece Or, The Wonderful "One-Hoss Shay": A Logical Story by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Comment 5 of 75, added on October 13th, 2008 at 10:22 AM.

I am now 74 years old.

I was in grade school, when my English teacher first introduced me to
poetry with this wonderful work.

The poetry magic has worked has worked on me ever since & has kept my
interest for all these years.

I became a mechanical engineer...& never lost sight of this beautiful man
made design carried to perfection.

Wouldn't it be nice if people could leave this planet in the way of the
Wonderful One-Hoss Shay?

Donald Dustin from United States
Comment 4 of 75, added on October 4th, 2008 at 7:20 AM.

I have sought the full poem and the poets name for 50 years. My dear old
grandfather used to recite the last bit. "All together nothing first just
like bubbles when they burst." He was born 1875 so was of the Horse era.
The image of the whole complete and wonderful shay just disintegrating at
its appointed time was always the symbol of hope of a long and healthy life
and a quick and merciful death at the end. What you would pray for yourself
and loved ones. Glad I now have the whole poem and its author Oliver
Wendell Holmes' name. Meri

Meri Forrest from Australia
Comment 3 of 75, added on March 18th, 2006 at 12:06 PM.

My name is Amanda. I am 15 years old. An old freind seid that i should read
this poem... i wondered why.. he seid it was a great poem to read if it you
want to think... i thought long an hard about this poem... i've read it
several times today trying to see what it meant....i thought about what the
point was and it made me think what if one day everything is strong and
great just like the one hoss-shay and then they next day everything is gone
without a say just like the one hoss-shay and makes me think that
everything could be gone in a snap of a finger and so I wonder if i have
lived life to the fullest...i dont think i have because i am only 15 and
maybe this poem means something less or something greater but it has really
put an outlook on my opinion on life....very intereting poem...I may read
it a few more times... and lo0k it up on other websites to see what people
think.... hmm... maybe everything will be gone just like the one hoss-shay
someday... you never know...well I love this poem but now im going to go
and monday at school im going to bring this poem up and ask her about
it...because i still cant fully understand the poem with old age dialoge
and phrases.. but i sure want to try...thenx

amanda from United States
Comment 2 of 75, added on February 24th, 2006 at 9:15 PM.

The wonderful one hoss shay was the first poem I remember reading
almost 70 years ago that I understood and liked. Today, all my parts
are still together and I have hopes of going all at once like that
wonderful shay.

Robert Richmond
Comment 1 of 75, added on February 4th, 2006 at 9:17 PM.

A great poem and an example of old age.

Dave Wood

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Poet: Oliver Wendell Holmes
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