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Holmes, Oliver Wendell. "The Ploughman".

Summary and Analysis

- an occasional poem written for an anniversary of the Berkshire Agricultural Society

- praises the toil of a ploughman who is the first to be on the field and the last to leave

- describes the ploughing process

- a strong image of the hands of the ploughman whose toil brings bread

- elevates the merit of the ploughman and describes it in lofty words and superlatives: "This is the scholar whose immortal pen / Spells the first lesson hunger taught to men"

- calls nature our "gracious Mother" with a kind and loving face which is to be loved by the mankind, too

- concludes with a warning: though the ploughman is peaceful, should there be any danger, "the guardians of land" would rescue "what the ploughshare won"



  • Author

    Holmes, Oliver Wendell. (1809 - 1894).
  • Full Title

    "The Ploughman".
  • First Published

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Works Cited

Holmes, Oliver Wendell. "The Ploughman". (1848). In: Masterpieces of American Literature. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1891.


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