Later volumesThe Professor at the Breakfast-Table , The Poet at the Breakfast-Table , and Over the Teacups extend the autocrat's delightfully egotistical talks, mainly of Boston and New England, in which Holmes was, by turns, brilliantly witty and extremely serious.
Though undistinguished as literary documents, they are important early studies of that "mysterious borderland which lies between physiology and psychology," and they demonstrate that Holmes was advanced in his conception of the causes and progress of neuroses and mental disease. Many of Holmes's best poems appeared first in his "Breakfast Table" series. But the bulk of Holmes's poetry is occasional verse, written "on command" to celebrate "the affairs of men and nations.
Much more lasting as literary artifacts, however, are his short, humorous verses, like "The Ballad of the Oysterman" , "The Last Leaf" , and "My Aunt" Tara Westover. Anne Glenconner. Michelle Obama. Mrs Hinch. Stephen Hawking. Julian Barnes. Maya Angelou. Curious Zelda. Ronan Farrow. David Goggins. Dolly Alderton.
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