Ogden Nash

About Ogden Nash

Frederic Ogden Nash (August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971) was an American poet well known for his light verse.

Nash's first collection of poetry, Hard Lines, was published in 1931. He worked in advertising before his writing career took off. Once he started making more writing poetry ($40 a week), he left his advertising job and worked on a freelance basis.

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." Nash wrote over 500 pieces of comic verse. The best of his work was published in 14 volumes between 1931 and 1972.

Interesting Facts about Ogden Nash:

  1. He attended Harvard for one year.
  2. He was considered a hypochondriac.
  3. Nash's great-great-grandfather was the governor of North Carolina during the Revolution.
  4. Nashville, TN was named after his great-great-grandfather's brother.


    Poems by Ogden Nash

  • Morning Prayer

    Morning Prayer By Ogden Nash

    in Famous Children Poems

    Now another day is breaking,
    Sleep was sweet and so is waking.
    Dear Lord, I promised you last night
    Never again to sulk or fight.

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    He did an amazing job on this poem.

  • Always Marry An April Girl

    Always Marry An April Girl By Ogden Nash

    in Famous Love Poems

    Praise the spells and bless the charms,
    I found April in my arms.
    April golden, April cloudy,
    Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy;

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  • The People Upstairs

    The People Upstairs By Ogden Nash

    in Famous Funny Poems

    The people upstairs all practise ballet
    Their living room is a bowling alley
    Their bedroom is full of conducted tours.
    Their radio is louder than yours,

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  • A Word To Husbands

    A Word To Husbands By Ogden Nash

    in Famous Funny Poems

    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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    Simple and to the point, and so very true.

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