Ogden Nash

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

The Octopus

Poem by Ogden Nash

Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I'd call me Us.


Comments about The Octopus by Ogden Nash

  • Octopus Queen (3/4/2020 12:01:00 PM)

    its a poem about my people(Report)Reply

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  • Tizag (9/3/2019 7:48:00 AM)

    LGTBQ+ members' problem in self-identification. That's it.(Report)Reply

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  • I-Am-Me (8/2/2019 1:39:00 AM)

    Is anyone going to Sydney, does anyone have a quick analysis to help me out. Much appreciated(Report)Reply

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  • Iam@officialAD (7/6/2019 2:24:00 AM)

    Anyone going to Manila for WSC. This poem is short however it’s analysing part is long.: ((Report)Reply

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  • 11112233 (7/5/2019 11:39:00 PM)

    marvelous very good. very small but crisp(Report)Reply

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  • legend (6/16/2019 3:42:00 AM)

    I'm here for world scholar's. I got the poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Ceeeeeeeendy (6/14/2019 10:44:00 AM)

    Anyone doing WSC that has any idea what this is?Already ReportedReply

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  • idk man (6/13/2019 4:22:00 AM)

    IS ANYONE GOING TO AMSTERDAM? ? ?(Report)Reply

    Alan .(7/5/2019 6:27:00 AM)

    I am! I'm really excited, it's gonna be my first time in Europe and my first time in WSC (I'm replacing a classmate in my friends' team, they have much more experience in WSC, so I'm pretty scared.) .

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  • Lauren (5/30/2019 6:08:00 AM)

    I'm also here because of WSC second round, but I don't really get the poem(Report)Reply

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  • owouwuowouwu (5/27/2019 9:58:00 PM)

    anyone in the Perth WSC? HOPEFULLY SEE YOU THERE I GUESS *why did they use this for us to research? *(Report)Reply

    uwuwuw(5/29/2019 8:21:00 AM)

    ill see ya there lol, , last minute literature revision

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  • Pizza the very confused (5/27/2019 9:55:00 PM)

    anyone in the Perth WSC? HOPEFULLY SEE YOU THERE I GUESS *why did they use this for us to research? ? ? ? ? ? *(Report)Reply

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  • Scholar (5/23/2019 10:21:00 PM)

    Confusing like... Mandy Hampton antifan? ? ?(Report)Reply

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  • Here Because of WSC Also. (5/22/2019 10:39:00 PM)

    The writer is saying the octopus' limbs all act like different creatures. If the writer were an octopus he would call himself " Us" instead of " Me."

    That's the plain, superficial version.(Report)Reply

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  • YAYZEEZ (4/24/2019 6:43:00 AM)

    im only here for WSC like WOOO WE ARE HERE FOR WSCCCCCCCCCCCCCC LIKKE TO AGREEEEEEEEEE(Report)Reply

    Maleeha(6/19/2019 3:05:00 AM)

    Yessss going to beihing in 2 hours woohoo

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  • shubornolota (4/22/2019 10:17:00 AM)

    you dumb struck creature, your annoyingly curious rhetorical questions just extended our wsc syllabus for eng. and added to our ever growing misery: ((Report)Reply

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  • WSC Fan (4/20/2019 2:43:00 AM)

    WSC SQUAD IS HEREEEEEE(Report)Reply

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  • Loona26 (4/20/2019 1:09:00 AM)

    Why is WSC making me analyze this with theories? ? ? It is painful. But I have an idea; " If I were thou, I'd call me Us." Is the narrator technically referring to his/her many arms and legs if he/she were an octopus? And why 'us', which is such a word of inclusiveness used for humans? Is this poem about teamwork? *cries* I'll just go do my research.(Report)Reply

    Pizza(5/28/2019)

    I feel you feels bad man: < . *hugs*...... *cries*

    *notices boggy wolgy* OwO

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  • YayOniichanPeacePeace (4/19/2019 7:35:00 AM)

    World Scholars Cup poem lol and we are frickin analysing it which is near impossible(Report)Reply

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  • Pranav (4/5/2019 2:56:00 PM)

    Dude ur poem made it to the WSC Syllabus 2019 and we are freakin analysing it(Report)Reply

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  • Rayeana the Awesomeana (3/23/2019 11:04:00 AM)

    So... the part about: If I were you I’d call me US...
    the dude is asking the octopus out? ? ? ? ? ?
    Oh man... a dude dating an octopus...
    Imagine this:
    Hey bae i luv u- Dude
    Boooorp! - Octopus(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 27, 2015


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