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Chambered Nautilus

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In Chambered Nautilus, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. beautifully captures the essence of personal growth and evolution through the metaphor of the nautilus shell. The poem masterfully weaves together themes of adversity, transformation, and self-discovery, encouraging readers to embrace change and to continually strive for personal growth. Holmes' lyrical language and vivid imagery evoke a sense of wonder and awe, drawing the reader in and inviting them to reflect on their own journey of self-discovery. Chambered Nautilus is a timeless piece of poetry that resonates with readers of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging them to appreciate the beauty of growth and change in their own lives.

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volunteers bring you 13 recordings of The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for July 3, 2022.
The poet discovers an abandoned nautilus shell on the beach, and examining it, muses metaphorically about the beauty and precision of nature, the benefits of struggle, and the motive power of passion which propelled this creature through its life to build this magnificent edifice. It is through the example of the tiny nautilus, growing bigger each year, vacating his old space to enjoy expanding quarters with mathematical precision, and finally leaving an exquisite shell on the beach as a memento of his life; the speaker discovers the best way to live.

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