Ogden Nash

(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

Ogden Nash
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Born Frederick Ogden Nash on August 19, 1902 in Rye, New York.

An ancestor, General Francis Nash, gave his name to Nashville, Tennessee.

Raised in Rye, New York and Savannah, Georgia. Educated at St. George's School in Rhode Island and, briefly, Harvard University.

Started work writing advertising copy for Doubleday, Page Publishing, New York, in 1925.

Published first book for children, The Cricket of Caradon in 1925.

First published poem Spring Comes to Murray Hill appears in New Yorker magazine in 1930.

Joins staff at New Yorker in 1932.

Married Frances Rider Leonard on June 6, 1933. ... more »

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  • ''I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. "A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes," I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).
  • ''One man's remorse is another man's reminiscence.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes, I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).
  • ''Remorse is a violent dyspepsia of the mind.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. "A Clean Conscience Never Relaxes," I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938).
  • ''A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. A Dog's Best Friend Is his Illiteracy, The Private Dining Room (1953).
  • ''I do not like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.''
    Ogden Nash (1902-1971), U.S. poet. Everybody Tells Me Everything, The Face Is Familiar (1940).
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  • pokemon fan (7/19/2018 5:34:00 AM)

    i also hate poetry and i m seeig this for my classwork

  • Lynell Belardo (7/1/2018 6:56:00 AM)

    Some one mentioned that Ogden Nash wrote a poem about his daughter Linell. It would have been in the 50's? Can anyone confirm this? If it is true does anyone know where I could find it please as i would love to read it. Many thanks.

  • Kate beswick (6/15/2018 10:41:00 AM)

    opening line is 'Adolecence Adolecence How I love thine incandescence 'and the last line is: I'd like to be present `I must confess, when thine own adolecents adolesce

  • Marilyn T (6/2/2018 1:41:00 PM)

    When I was at school in the 1960s we had an arts competition and I read a poem by Ogden Nash. I’m sure it was called ‘The English Language’ and had a line ‘a jumper is a thing you wear and a jumper has to leap’. Unfortunately I can’t find any trace of it anywhere. Can anyone else recall it? If so, where can I find a copy.

  • Sarah Norman (5/30/2018 8:07:00 AM)

    Looking for a poem called Adolescence

  • Katie (5/16/2018 11:18:00 AM)

    I'm looking for a poem aobut telephones, and elephants. The words in it include telephong, and elephunk. Is this an Ogden Nash poem?

  • i hate poetry (4/15/2018 3:22:00 AM)

    I'm just finding aanswer for homeworkk man....

  • A student who hates poetry (4/7/2018 9:13:00 AM)

    I’m just here to do my homework

  • A struggling student (3/28/2018 6:18:00 PM)

    Yo im just tryna find answers for my homework

  • Dr. Dingleberries (2/20/2018 1:42:00 PM)

    These are worse than the dingleberries hanging from your bottom.

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Best Poem of Ogden Nash

Adventures Of Isabel

Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn't care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I'll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry.
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.
Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
the witch's face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch's gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch ...

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