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The chambered nautilus

The Chambered Nautilus

Oliver Wendell Holmes


Based on the title alone what do you think this poem will be about
Based on the Title (alone) what do you think this poem will be about?

  • I think this poem will be about…..

  • REMEMBER THAT YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE YOUR CREDIT FOR THIS POETRY ANALYSIS ASSESSMENT!


Oliver wendell holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes be about?

  • 1809-1894

  • He went to law school, but then decided to go to medical school.

  • He came up with the word: anesthesia (without feeling)

  • He founded the magazine The Atlantic Monthly.

  • He is remembered by his wit, wordplay, and happy disposition.


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This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign, be about?

Sail the unshadowed main,--

The venturous bark that flings

On the sweet summer wind its purpled wings

In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings,

And coral reefs lie bare,

Where the cold sea-maids rise to sun their streaming hair.

Its webs of living gauze no more unfurl;

Wrecked is the ship of pearl!

And every chambered cell,

Where its dim dreaming life was wont to dwell,

As the frail tenant shaped his growing shell,

Before thee lies revealed,--

Its irised ceiling rent, its sunless crypt unsealed!

Year after year beheld the silent toil

That spread his lustrous coil;

Still, as the spiral grew,

He left the past year's dwelling for the new,

Stole with soft step its shining archway through,

Built up its idle door,

Stretched in his last-found home, and knew the old no more.

Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee,

Child of the wandering sea,

Cast from her lap, forlorn!

From thy dead lips a clearer note is born

Than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn;

While on mine ear it rings,

Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings:--

Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul,

As the swift seasons roll!

Leave thy low-vaulted past!

Let each new temple, nobler than the last,

Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,

Till thou at length art free,

Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea!

“The Chambered Nautilus”


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Stanza One Analysis be about?

The Chambered Nautilus

Oliver Wendell Holmes

We should want to be as the nautilus is throughout the expanse of our lives.

The nautilus is not afraid to take chances if they could better its life.

It makes the best of the beautiful yet dangerous world it lives in.

Nothing gets in its way.


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Stanza Two Analysis be about?

The Chambered Nautilus

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Even when the nautilus has died, its work and beauty live on within its broken shell.

The shell is what it has worked to improve every day of its life until the end.


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Stanza Three Analysis be about?

The Chambered Nautilus

Oliver Wendell Holmes

As time passed, the nautilus built on, adding to and improving its previous works.

As one beautiful environment was completed, it began building a bigger and better one, leaving the old behind.


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Stanza Four Analysis be about?

The Chambered Nautilus

Oliver Wendell Holmes

For these examples we should thank the nautilus, whose life was devoted to labor, only to die in the end.

Even after death, its shell delivers the message of how we should live our lives.

We should keep the example in mind.


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Stanza Five Analysis be about?

The Chambered Nautilus

Oliver Wendell Holmes

We must make ourselves better people as every moment passes by.

Pay close attention to the present and future, not so much to the past, only try to improve.

If you work to improve, your life will be bettered until you die.

Perhaps after that, your example will be remembered and taken on my someone new.


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Aspects of Romanticism be about?

The Chambered Nautilus

Oliver Wendell Holmes

• The Chambered Nautilus references Greek Mythology, such as the sirens, Triton’s horn, and seamaids.

• The poet sees poetry as the highest expression of the imagination as shown in Line 1: “This is a ship of pearl, which, poets feign.”

• The nautilus’ life is an adventure.

• The poet looks to the nautilus to discover the best way to live, using a parable.

• There is no mention of a god, the nautilus controls his own life.


What is a chambered nautilus
What is a Chambered Nautilus? be about?

  • Chambered Nautilus is a snail-like, marine creature.

  • It adds a chamber to its shell each year to accommodate its growing body.

  • According to legend, a chambered nautilus can sail while floating on the water by hoisting up a membrane.

  • The inside of the shell has a pearly look.


Voice speaker
Voice & Speaker be about?

  • Voice:

    ~3rd Person (only use of the pronoun He)

  • It is not clear who the speaker is, but it is highly possible that the speaker is a sailor (the poet)


Mood tone
Mood & Tone be about?

  • Mood (Atmosphere):

    ~Admiration

  • Tone (of Voice):

    ~Reverence

  • “This is the ship of pearl, which, poets feign, / Sail the unshadowed main,--”

  • “Thanks for the heavenly message brought by thee, / Child of the wandering sea”

  • “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, / As the swift seasons roll!”


Theme

Subject be about?: the growth of the soul

Theme: it is important for people, as children of Nature, to continue to build a nobler, loftier, more spiritual existence during their lives;  this growth should continue until death. 

Theme


Poem type form
Poem Type & Form be about?

  • Romantic Poem

  • The poet looks to the nautilus (nature) to discover the best way to live, using a parable.

  • The poem displays nature’s beauty, the nautilus shell, as a path to development.

  • This poem has a regular meter & rhyme scheme: the couplet (2 end rhymes)

  • Repeted Rhyme Scheme:

    aabbbcc


Literary elements
Literary Elements be about?

  • Alliteration: the repitition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words.

    ~ “sweet summer”

    ~ “dim dreaming life was wont to dwell”

  • Apostrophe: a direct address to someon or something that is not present.

    ~ “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul, / As the swift seasons roll! / Leave thy low-vaulted past! / Let each new temple, nobler than the last,”


Literary elements1
Literary Elements be about?

  • Allusion: a reference to, or representation of, a place, event, literary work, myth, or work of art

    ~ “Than ever Triton blew from wreathed horn; / While on mine ear it rings,”

    ~ “In gulfs enchanted, where the Siren sings,”

  • Personification: giving human-like qualities to non-human like things.

    ~ "dreaming life," its description as a "tenant," its stealing with "soft step," its ability to stretch out in a home, and the notion that it is a "child" with "lips."


Literary elements2
Literary Elements be about?

  • Extended Metaphor: A comparison between two unlike things that continues throughout a series of sentences in a paragraph or lines in a poem.

    ~Comparison between the growth of the nautilus that must "leave thy low-vaulted past" for a larger chamber to the growth and spiritual development of the human soul.


Shifts in tone
Shifts in Tone be about?

  • No true shift in tone

  • But there is a shift from talking to the shell to talking to the soul at the last stanza.


El fin
El fin be about?