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Book Title: The Pocket Book of Ogden Nash|
The size of the: 34.37 MB
Edition: Pocket Books
Date of issue: May 15th 1990
ISBN 13: 9780671727895
The author of the book: Ogden Nash
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Ogden Nash was a humorist poet who regularly took wild liberties with rhyme and meter, often coming up with delightful and absurd results. As the forward to this collection states: "Nash is the master of surprising words that nearly-but-do-not-quite-match, words which rhyme reluctantly, words which never before had any relation with each other and which will never be on rhyming terms again."
What would you do if you were up a dark alley with Caesar Borgia
And he was coming torgia?Nash was often cynical:
Come live with me and be my love
And we will all the pleasures prove
Of a marriage conducted with economy
In the Twentieth Century Anno Donomy.
We'll live in a dear little walk-up flat
With practically room to swing a cat
And a potted cactus to give it hauteur
And a bathtub equipped with dark brown water.
. . . And one of these days not too remote
I'll probably up and cut your throat.But much of his poetry is quieter and quite charming:
My friends all know that I am shy,
But the chipmunk is twice as shy as I,
He moves with flickering indecision
Like stripes across the television.
He's like the shadow of a cloud,
Or Emily Dickinson read aloud.Sometimes he was insightful:
. . . And I have no desire to get ugly,
But I cannot help mentioning that the door of a bigoted mind opens outward so that the only result of the pressure of facts upon it is to close it more snugly.
Naturally I am not pointing a finger at me,
But I must admit that I find any speaker far more convincing when I agree with him than when I disagree.and
The only incurable troubles of the rich are the troubles that money can't cure,
Which is a kind of trouble that is even more troublesome if you are poor.
Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy, but it's very funny--
Have you ever tried to buy them without money?Not everything he wrote is great, and unfortunately some of his poetry reflects the stereotypes and prejudices of his day (he wrote much of his poetry in the 1930s and 40s). But when he was on, he was really on.
A few parting shots:
All along the highway,
Hear the signs discourse:
. . . Wisest of their proverbs,
Truest of their talk,
Have I found that dictum:
When Adam took the highway
He left his sons a guide:
God in His wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.
1. My Dream
Here is a dream.
It is my dream--
My own dream--
I dreamt it.
I dreamt that my hair was kempt,
Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it.
2. My Conscience
I could of
If I would of,
But I shouldn't,
So I douldn't.
Read information about the authorFrederic Ogden Nash was an American poet well known for his light verse. At the time of his death in 1971, the New York Times said his "droll verse with its unconventional rhymes made him the country's best-known producer of humorous poetry".
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