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Day 25: Ogden Nash

Day 25: Ogden Nash

I admit it, I love silly poetry. And there’s hardly anyone who does it better than Ogden Nash. Rhythm and meter fly out the window, and he twists words at his own will to force them to rhyme. And yet, it’s so clever! But really, he has no better introduction than to show you one of his pieces. Here we have his “Common Cold” poem, one of his more orderly ones, and one of my personal favorites. Enjoy. “Go hang…

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The Clean Plater

The Clean Plater

Sometimes Ogden Nash just says it so much better than I ever could. Case in point: “Some singers sing of ladies’ eyes, And some of ladies lips, Refined ones praise their ladylike ways, And coarse ones hymn their hips. The Oxford Book of English Verse Is lush with lyrics tender; A poet, I guess, is more or less Preoccupied with gender. Yet I, though custom call me crude, Prefer to sing in praise of food. Food, Yes, food, Just any…

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