The Chambered Nautilus Summary
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The Chambered Nautilus Summary

With its rich imagery and ringing verse, “The Chambered Nautilus,” by Oliver Wendell Holmes, is one of the most enduring nature poems of the mid-nineteenth century. Its subject is the nautilus, a sea creature that lives inside a spiral shell. As it grows, the nautilus makes new, larger chambers of its shell in which to live, closing off the old chambers and gradually forming a spiral. Holmes compares the nautilus to a “ship...

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