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.

References

    Poems by Ogden Nash

  • Winter Morning Poem

    in Famous Nature Poems

    Winter is the king of showmen,
    Turning tree stumps into snow men
    And houses into birthday cakes
    And spreading sugar over lakes.

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  • I Didn't Go To Church Today

    in Famous Funny Poems

    I didn't go to church today,
    I trust the Lord to understand.
    The surf was swirling blue and white,
    The children swirling on the sand.

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  • Common Cold

    in Famous Funny Poems

    Go hang yourself, you old M.D.!
    You shall not sneer at me.
    Pick up your hat and stethoscope,
    Go wash your mouth with laundry soap;

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  • A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty

    in Famous Life Poems

    Unwillingly Miranda wakes,
    Feels the sun with terror,
    One unwilling step she takes,
    Shuddering to the mirror.

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  • Morning Prayer

    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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