The One-Hoss Shay

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809 - 1894)

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)

Genre(s): Humorous Fiction, Poetry

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface Laurie Anne Walden
Play 01 Deacon's Masterpiece, The, or The Wonderful One Hoss Shay Laurie Anne Walden
Play 02 How the Old Horse Won the Bet Laurie Anne Walden
Play 03 Broomstick Train, The, or The Return of the Witches Laurie Anne Walden