Ogden Nash

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

Ogden Nash Poems

1. à Bas Ben Adhem 1/13/2003
2. A Caution To Everybody 1/13/2003
3. A Drink With Something In It 1/13/2003
4. A Flea And A Fly In A Flue 2/4/2015
5. A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty 1/3/2003
6. A Tale Of The Thirteenth Floor 1/13/2003
7. A Word To Husbands 1/3/2003
8. Adventures Of Isabel 1/13/2003
9. Always Marry An April Girl 1/13/2003
10. Bankers Are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer 1/13/2003
11. Biological Reflection 1/13/2003
12. Celery 1/3/2003
13. Children's Party 1/13/2003
14. Columbus 1/3/2003
15. Come On In, The Senility Is Fine 1/13/2003
16. Common Cold 1/3/2003
17. Crossing The Border 1/13/2003
18. Everybody Tells Me Everything 1/3/2003
19. Family Court 1/13/2003
20. First Child ... Second Child 1/13/2003
21. Fleas 1/13/2003
22. Further Reflections On Parsley 1/3/2003
23. Good-By Now Or Pardon My Gauntlet 1/13/2003
24. Goody For Our Side And Your Side Too 1/3/2003
25. Grandpa Is Ashamed 1/13/2003
26. I Didn'T Go To Church Today 1/13/2003
27. I Do, I Will, I Have 1/13/2003
28. Ice Breaking 2/10/2015
29. If He Were Alive Today, Mayhap, Mr. Morgan Would Sit On The Midget's Lap 1/3/2003
30. I'Ll Get One Tomorrow 4/28/2011
31. Introspective Reflection 1/13/2003
32. Just Keep Quiet And Nobody Will Notice 1/3/2003
33. Kipling's Vermont 1/3/2003
34. Lather As You Go 1/13/2003
35. Lines Indited With All The Depravity Of Poverty 1/13/2003
36. Lines On Facing Forty 1/13/2003
37. Lines To Be Embroidered On A Bib 1/13/2003
38. Listen... 1/3/2003
39. Look What You Did, Christopher! 1/13/2003
40. More About People 1/3/2003

Comments about Ogden Nash

  • Betty (11/13/2017 1:23:00 PM)

    I was taught a Nash poem many years ago, I thought was called November:
    No morn
    no noon
    no night
    no noon
    Has anyone ever heard it before?

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  • Embee Cee (10/2/2016 4:44:00 PM)

    From _Many Long Years Ago: _


    Come Arabella, fetch the cake,
    On a dish with silver handles.
    Oh mercy! Feel the table shake!
    Lucinda, light the candles.
    For Mr. Migg is thir-ty,
    Is thir- ty,
    Is thir- -ty.
    The years are crawling over him
    Like wee red ants.
    Oh, three times ten is thir-ty,
    Is for- ty,
    Is fif- -ty.
    The further off from England
    The nearer is to France.

    The little flames they bob and jig,
    The dining hall is breezy.
    Quick! puff your candles, Mr. Migg,
    The little flames die easy.
    For Mr. Migg is for-ty,
    Is for- ty,
    Is for- -ty.
    The years are crawling over him
    Like wee red ants.
    Oh, four times ten is for-ty,
    Is fif- ty,
    Is six- -ty,
    And creeping through the icing,
    The other years advance.

    Why Arabella, here's a ring!
    Lucinda, here's a thimble!
    For Mr. Migg there's not a thing-
    'Tis not, I trust, a symbol!
    For Mr. Migg is fif-ty,
    Is fif- ty,
    Is fif- -ty.
    The years are crawling over him
    Like wee red ants.
    Oh, five times ten is fif-ty,
    Is six- ty,
    Is seven- -ty.
    Lucinda, put the cake away.
    We're going to the dance.

  • Linda Noble Linda Noble (4/23/2016 9:30:00 AM)

    For years snippets of a Nash poem come to my mind near my birthday: The years are crawling over us like wee red ants. Put away the cake Miranda, we're all going to dance! I have googled this repeatedly from year to year, with no success. Please help! I know I read it in a Public Speaking class in high school, about 1963. Redding, California.

  • Beverly Margolis-kurtin (10/30/2014 8:09:00 PM)

    I've been hunting down the parody that the honorable Mr.Nash did on Poe's The Raven. I tried several times to perform it during a public speaking course and never could make it all the way through without cracking up myself along with the class.
    His bit about a pelican is my all time favorite. I abhor people who try to blandly try to SAY limericks instead of performing them as they should be.
    I'd love to find his Raven. It was in my English textbook which, sadly for me, I lost a few decades ago.

  • S B (5/5/2014 5:50:00 PM)

    Amazing poet! Truly a classic poet who can use words to his advantage

  • Goldheart Bird (8/20/2013 2:28:00 PM)

    Ogden is an awesome poet! He shows so much color and light! Some poems are funny, and silly I love them! ! ! !

  • Arushi Agarwal (6/26/2012 1:09:00 AM)

    ogden nash is an osum poet...! ! i just luv his poemzz...my most fav. poem is the muddlehead.....! ! ! srsly a classic poem he is.....! ! ! ! ..[3[3

  • Richard Walker (7/7/2007 8:35:00 PM)

    To Ogden Nash My Mentore-
    Your rhymes were so geniously simplistly eloquent.
    Better than anything before you came, or since you wuent.
    They gave new meaning to the word ‘intent’.
    I often wonder as I ponder –
    If Ogden Nash had lived to be a hundred and ninety-three
    the world of poetry would certainly have been blessed
    with a masterfully myriadical montage
    of wittirhymes and verseilines and perponderings in excessed!
    (and he wouldn’t be dead yet either)

  • Mo. (6/28/2007 9:14:00 AM)

    ''A classic poet! ''

Best Poem of Ogden Nash

A Word To Husbands

To keep your marriage brimming
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;
Whenever you’re right, shut up.

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Old Men

People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when…
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.

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