Ogden Nash

Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore,
And that’s what parents were created for.

– Ogden Nash


born in Baltimore, Maryland, The United States August 19, 1902
died: May 19, 1971
gender: male
genre: Poetry, Humor

Frederic Ogden Nash was an American poet well known for his light verse. 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”.



16 thoughts on “Ogden Nash

  1. August 19, 1902: Ogden Nash is America’s preeminent writer of light verse. Like many poets, he sometimes earned a living as a copywriter, once working for a firm that also employed F. Scott Fitzgerald. Nash was born in New York, 111 years ago today.

  2. I love Ogden Nash. In fact, I quoted him as part of my wedding vows to my husband.

    “If you want to fill your life with love
    In the marriage cup,
    When you are wrong, admit it,
    When you are right, shut up!”

    • I think you might like this poem:

      โ€œMore than a catbird hates a cat,
      Or a criminal hates a clue,
      Or the Axis hates the United States,
      That’s how much I love you.

      I love you more than a duck can swim,
      And more than a grapefruit squirts,
      I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
      And more than a toothache hurts.

      As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
      Or a juggler hates a shove,
      As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
      That’s how much you I love.

      I love you more than a wasp can sting,
      And more than the subway jerks,
      I love you as much as a beggar needs a crutch,
      And more than a hangnail irks.

      I swear to you by the stars above,
      And below, if such there be,
      As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
      That’s how you’re loved by me.โ€
      โ€• Ogden Nash

  3. Interesting quote. Does this mean the children will be happy if they ignore the parents?

  4. I like this poet’s work very much.

    • He is funny. ๐Ÿ˜†
      โ€œTonightโ€™s December thirty-first,
      Something is about to burst.
      The clock is crouching, dark and small,
      Like a time bomb in the hall.
      Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.
      Duck! Here comes another year!โ€
      โ€• Ogden Nash, Collected verse from 1929 on

    • Here’s one especially for you:
      โ€œA door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.โ€
      โ€• Ogden Nash, Private Dining-room and Other New Verses

  5. great quote – i will check out his work – seems to be the kind of material i would find interesting:)

    • Here’s a bit more for you:

      โ€• Ogden Nash

      โ€œThe door of a bigoted mind opens outwards so that the only result of the pressure of facts upon it is to close it more snugly.โ€
      โ€• Ogden Nash

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