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One-Hoss Shay, The

By Holmes, Oliver Wendell

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Reproduction Date: 2010

Title: One-Hoss Shay, The  
Author: Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Language: English
Subject: Poetry, Poetry, Humor
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This is a small collection of whimsical poems by the American physician and author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. The Deacon's Masterpiece describes the logical outcome of building an object (in this case, a two-wheeled carriage called a shay) that has no weak points. The economic term one hoss shay, referring to a certain model of depreciation, derives its name from this poem. How the Old Horse Won the Bet is a lighthearted look at a horse race. Finally, The Broomstick Train is a wonderfully Halloween-y explanation of how an electric tram really works. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)

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Poetry, Humor


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