Ogden Nash

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

A Flea And A Fly In A Flue - Poem by Ogden Nash

A flea and a fly in a flue
Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "let us flee!"
"Let us fly!" said the flea.
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

Topic(s) of this poem: flying

Form: Limerick

Comments about A Flea And A Fly In A Flue by Ogden Nash

  • (8/9/2018 11:18:00 AM)

    This is one of the best poems ever written, in my opinion. What we notice first, of course, is the clever word-play based on words that have similar sounds.. Did I say clever? It's beyond clever. Far beyond. But there's more. So much more. In just five lines, this poem gives us all the elements of a good story, such as characters, conflict, dialogue, rising action, falling action, denouement. Perfect. Ogden Nash is always good. Here, he's great! (Report) Reply

    (8/9/2018 11:20:00 AM)

    But is this really by Ogden Nash?

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  • (7/3/2018 7:38:00 AM)

    I love these poems (Report) Reply

  • (6/30/2018 10:03:00 AM)

    In Tibet there was a lama Had no papa had no mama What is the rest (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2018 10:57:00 AM)

    I am 76 years old and my dad taught me this when I was a little girl to learn the spellings etc. (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2018 6:32:00 PM)

    Cool Poem/Tongue twister (Report) Reply

  • (3/3/2018 5:44:00 PM)

    I don't think that this is by Ogden Nash, though it is commonly attributed to him online. I compiled an index of Nash's poems years ago for a book I never published, and I have not been able to find the poem anywhere in Nash's books. I think this is another masterpiece by that genius called Anonymous. (Report) Reply

  • (2/28/2018 2:15:00 AM)

    wait so this was the poet of this tongue twister? wow (Report) Reply

  • (2/16/2018 1:24:00 PM)

    were were the flee and the fly? (Report) Reply

    (3/5/2018 3:19:00 PM)

    a duct for smoke and waste gases produced by a fire, a gas heater, a power station, or other fuel-burning installation.
    no air rises up the chimney, usually because the flue is blocked

  • (2/14/2017 2:17:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a nice tongue twister of a poem well thought out. (Report) Reply

    (2/16/2018 1:27:00 PM)

    i dont understand were the fly and the flea are

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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