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Best and Verse of Ogden Nash

Updated on May 12, 2015
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Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.


My First Encounter

When I was a little boy, I loved learning new words. I used to visit all the old book shops in town where I grew up and buy tattered paperback books from the meagre money I saved from my bus fare. I loved playing with words, writing poems, stories and composing crosswords.

As my parents wanted me to further my knowledge, they never policed what I was reading (big mistake!) but as a result my reading was far and wide and very eclectic.

I was about ten when I discovered a collection of verse. I was struck by the sheer exuberance of the word play here. The author of these poems was clever and unconventional and broke all the rules of rhyming. He invented new words when he didn’t have the right one to rhyme. He rhymed punctuation marks (for example ‘hummer’ with a ‘comma’!), he rhymed sounds rather than words. More importantly he seemed to combine wit with wisdom and had an anarchic, skewed yet always exciting view of the world.

I fell in love with his poetry.

Ogden Nash postage stamp, issued by US Postal Service- The only postage stamp in the world to contain the 'word' sex. Albeit in the gender sense.
Ogden Nash postage stamp, issued by US Postal Service- The only postage stamp in the world to contain the 'word' sex. Albeit in the gender sense. | Source
Young Ogden Nash
Young Ogden Nash | Source


Hark to the whimper of the sea-gull;

He weeps because he is not an ea-gull.

Suppose you were you silly sea-gull.

Could you explain it to your she-gull?

I laughed, I marvelled, I enjoyed and was entertained by this wonderful writer. If you haven’t heard of him or read his works before, you are in for an absolute treat.

I present to you, for your delectation, the Best & Verse of Ogden Nash. (sorry, I just couldn’t resist the pun!)

Throughout the article, I shall present his work in little illustrated posters that I loved creating as his tribute. Enjoy!


The Journey of Ogden Nash

Rye, New York:
Rye, NY, USA

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Nash was born in Rye, NY

Savannah, Georgia:
Savannah, GA, USA

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Lived in Savannah, Georgia as a child

Middletown, Rhode Island:
Middletown, RI, USA

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went to school in Middletown, Rhode Island

Harvard, MA, USA

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did a years stint in Harvard

Baltimore, MD, USA

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...and lived in Baltimore, Maryland from 1934 until his death

North Hampton:
North Hampton, NH, USA

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Nash is buried in North Hampton, New Hampshire

Life and Times

Frederick Ogden Nash was born in Rye, New York on August 19, 1902. His family is descended from the family of General Francis Nash who gave the name to Nashville, Tennessee. Nash loved to rhyme from an early age and enjoyed learning new words.

After living in Savannah, Georgia, Nash went to St George's school in Rhode Island and entered Harvard. He didn’t stay there for more than a year and left in 1921 to do a series of jobs.

He worked variously as a Wall street bond salesman ( he only sold one bond, to his godmother!), a school teacher at St George's school and then went to work as an advertising copywriter for streetcar signs. He finally found his calling as an editor at Doubleday publishers.

Here he was reading many a manuscript that was dire and tiresome. He later said reading such poor quality work was what inspired him to write. Initially he wanted to write 'serious' verse in the style of romantic poets but soon started producing comic verse that he often scribbled on pieces of paper.

Nash moved to Baltimore in 1934 and lived there until his death in 1971. He married Frances Leonard in 1931, the same year he published his first collection of verse, Hard Lines. They had two daughters Isabel and Linell.

Nash's twilight years were plagued with recurrent illness from his chronic Crohn's disease. Despite the painful problems, he never lost his sense of humor or his love of the written word. Even when he spent long episodes in hospital, he wrote verses using his astute observations on medicine, the medics and the patients. These were collected together in1970 as 'Bed Riddance: A posy for the indisposed'

Nash finally succumbed to complication arising from his problems on May 19th, 1971 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He is buried in North Hampton, New Hampshire's East side Cemetery.

Born in a Beer Garden :She Troupes to Conquer
Born in a Beer Garden :She Troupes to Conquer | Source
Hard Lines: Ogden Nash's first collection (1931)
Hard Lines: Ogden Nash's first collection (1931) | Source

Writing Career

As an editor at Doubleday Nash became interested in writing verse and initially collaborated with a friend Joseph Alger in creating a children's book called 'The Cricket of Carrador'. He also wrote a satire on classic literature called ' Born in a Beer Garden: She troupes to conquer'.

It was in 1930 that he wrote a poem called 'Spring comes to Murray Hill'. After initially trashing it, he rescued it and had the courage to send it to the 'New Yorker, the premier american magazine of the time with a wide readership.To Nash's surprise, the magazine not only accepted his poem but also wanted him to write more.

He started contributing regularly and got a contract from them, eventually inviting him to join the staff. Nash left his editor job at Doubleday and joined the New Yorker staff. His first collection, 'Hard lines' was published in 1931 right in the middle of the Great depression. America needed cheering up and Nash's comic verse was just the ticket. The book was an instant hit, especially for a collection of poems. It went through seven printings!

Spring comes to Murray hill: his first published poem in New Yorker. You can see the anarchy in his rhyming at the very outset.
Spring comes to Murray hill: his first published poem in New Yorker. You can see the anarchy in his rhyming at the very outset. | Source
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New YorkerBorn in a Beer Garden: SheTroupes to conquer: a parodyThe Old Dog barks backwardsBed Riddance: a Posy for the indisposedThe Best of Ogden NashCandy is DandyFamily ReunionYou Can't Get there from hereVersus
New Yorker
New Yorker | Source
Born in a Beer Garden: SheTroupes to conquer: a parody
Born in a Beer Garden: SheTroupes to conquer: a parody | Source
The Old Dog barks backwards
The Old Dog barks backwards | Source
Bed Riddance: a Posy for the indisposed
Bed Riddance: a Posy for the indisposed | Source
The Best of Ogden Nash
The Best of Ogden Nash | Source
Candy is Dandy
Candy is Dandy | Source
Family Reunion
Family Reunion | Source
You Can't Get there from here
You Can't Get there from here | Source
Versus | Source


Ogden Nash is best know for his comic verse and he wrote hundreds of them, thankfully. His stint in New Yorker and the success of his book lead to him eventually going freelance. He wrote prodigiously in many magazines and became a favorite humorist of all of America.

Nash not only did whimsy and silly, he was also a great satirist, gently poking fun at the establishment, the quirks on English language, sanctimonious senators and politicians, fanatical religious preachers and anyone who was pompous. The public adored his humor.

He was soon the favorite guest in many radio shows and on Television too.

Ogden Nash published several popular collections of verses in his lifetime and enjoyed mass popularity. He was able to gather together many of these in themes, including poetry about animals, insects, people, practices and politicians.


American Magazine
Harper's Bazaar
NY Herald Tribune Film & TV
Harper's Magazine
New Yorker
House & Garden
Ladies Home Journal
Saturday Evening Post
Fiction Parade
Saturday Review of Literature
McCall's Magazine
This Week
Magazine of F&SF
Good Housekeeping
Man's Magazine
Woman's Day

The Ogden Nash Bibliography

The Cricket of Carrador ( with Joseph Agler)
Born in a Beer Garden:She Troupes to conquer ( a collaboration)
Hard Lines
The Bad Parents' Garden of Verse
I'm a stranger here Myself
Little Brown & Co
The Face is Familiar: The Selected Verse of Ogden Nash
Garden City Publishing Company, Inc.
Good Intentions
Little Brown & Co
Many Long Years Ago
Little Brown & Co
Little Brown & Co
Private Dining Room
Little Brown & Co
You Can't Get There From Here
Little Brown & Co
There's Always Another Windmill
Little Brown & Co
Everyone but thee and me
Little Brown & Co
Bed Riddance: A Posy for the Indisposed
Little Brown & Co
The Old Dog barks backwards
Little Brown & Co
A Penny Saved is Impossible
Little Brown & Co
I wouldn't have missed it
Andre Deutsch
Ogden Nash's Zoo ( illustrated. by Etienne Delessert)
Stewart, Tabori, and Chang
Family Reunion
Little Brown & Co
The Animal Garden (illustrated by Hilary Knight)
Mr Evans & Co.
Pocket Book of Ogden Nash
Pocket Books
Candy is Dandy (ed by Anthony Burgess)
Carlton Books Ltd
The Adventures of Isabel ( illustrated by James Marshall)
Little, Brown Young Readers
Selected Poetry of Ogden Nash
Black Dog & Levanthal Publishing
The Tale of Custard the Dragon ( illustrated by Lynn Munsinger)
Little, Brown Young Readers
Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight ( illustrated by Lynn Munsinger)
Little, Brown Young Readers
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Adventures of IsabelThe Tale of Custard the DragonCustard the Dragon and the Wicked KnightThe Animal GardenOgden Nash's ZooLine up for Yesterday
Adventures of Isabel
Adventures of Isabel | Source
The Tale of Custard the Dragon
The Tale of Custard the Dragon | Source
Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight
Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight | Source
The Animal Garden
The Animal Garden | Source
Ogden Nash's Zoo
Ogden Nash's Zoo | Source
Line up for Yesterday
Line up for Yesterday | Source

For Adults and Children

Ogden Nash's poetry has enjoyed a resurgence as poetry for children in the nineties. Sumptuously illustrated by various illustrators, these are a joy to read to your kids. His trademark wit and wordplay lend themselves well to be read aloud. A whole new generation can enjoy the 'Nashisms'.

Nash was very fond of his two daughters ( The Adventures of Isabel was written for his eldest) and as he was freelancing mostly when they were born, he was able to spend a lot of time with them in their formative years. He felt this kept him happy and cheerful.

He wrote wonderful a Christmas verse about 'The Boy who laughed at Santa Claus' - a cautionary tale for non-believers! He was able make recordings a lot of his work and enjoyed broadcast media.

Nash was also a huge baseball fan and had a lifelong love for the sport as well as for his team the Baltimore Colts. He wrote a collection of sports poems entitled ' Line up for yesterday' featuring an all star cast of base ball players from all era, one for each alphabet ( listing himself under I as the fan!).

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The Firefly (1937)The Shining Hour (1938)The Feminine Touch (1941)One Touch of Venus (1943) MusicalOne Touch of Venus (1948) film
The Firefly (1937)
The Firefly (1937) | Source
The Shining Hour (1938)
The Shining Hour (1938) | Source
The Feminine Touch (1941)
The Feminine Touch (1941) | Source
One Touch of Venus (1943) Musical
One Touch of Venus (1943) Musical | Source
One Touch of Venus (1948) film
One Touch of Venus (1948) film | Source

Carnival Of Animals - A performance

Film and Musical

Ogden Nash also collaborated in writing screenplays in his early years. He wrote for three MGM Musicals The Firefly (1937), The Shining Hair (1938), and The Feminine Touch (1941).

He worked with humorist and librettist SJ Perelman and composer Kurt Weill in the Broadway musical 'One Touch of Venus'. This was a huge success and was alter made into a film starring Ava Gardner.

Nash also composed readable verses to French composer Camille Saint-Saen's "Le Carnaval des animaux" which has since become a favorite performance piece for children. There is an original recording of this made in 1948 and Nash's British friend actor, performer and playwright Noel Coward read the verses to accompany the composition. It has since been a favorite performance piece for various actors such as John Cleese, John Lithgow and many more. Do listen to this wonderful original recording here on this video.

He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National institute of Arts and Letters for his contributions. He also wrote for Television, notably for Peter the Wolf and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Nash revealed a more lyrical side in his musicals and showed he could also write tender loving songs.

Get Nashed!

His ever present tomfoolery, effortless wordplay, peerless poetic insight, compassion and the ability to poke fun at the establishment make him one of America's premier literary figures. Nash is a persistent pleasure. Get a collection of his and when you're feeling blue or jaded, dip into one of his poems and all will be well with the world. Remember, he single handedly sustained the literate Americans through the Great Depression!

The world needs the likes of Ogden Nash.

Nash added a foot note :The author's attention has been called to a type of conflagration known as a three-alarmer. Pooh.
Nash added a foot note :The author's attention has been called to a type of conflagration known as a three-alarmer. Pooh. | Source

Thank You!

Thank you for reading this . I hope you enjoyed this tribute to Ogden Nash.. Please do leave some comments and feedback below. Please do vote as appropriate!

If you like what you read share it with friends and family onFacebook/Twitter/ Pinterest or similar.

Appreciate your time and interest, dear reader.

Do come again.



The Adventures of Isabel (Written and Performed by Ogden Nash)


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      Paula Atwell 

      5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This is definitely my kind of poetry. :) Laughed a lot and really enjoyed.

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      Sam Deal 

      5 years ago from Earth

      I really enjoyed the way you wrote this hub, and the layout. Gave me some ideas for upcoming hubs, so thank you!

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      Andrew Spacey 

      5 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thank you for revealing your love of Mr Nash's work, reflected in your charming illustrations. They capture an essence without doubt.

      Being an avid reader of poems both light and heavy, deep and shallow, dark and merry, old and new, dusty and chrome clean I know of Mr Nash - he appeals to the silly boy playfully messing around in the backyard of my database - and occasionally he and I meet though not as often as I'd like. My dream would be to create limericks with him, perhaps for an hour or two; no longer in case my sides split from too much laughter.

      There was an old rhymer called Nash

      who could versify in a flash

      his wit and his charm

      could tease and disarm,

      leave your brain in a mish and a mash.

      Votes and a share!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Gus: ah -the wonderfully preposterous and precious rhyming tactics of Nash that delight and dazzle. Thank you for your appreciation of NAsh and this humble tribute.

      @Poetic Fool: I'm glad to have reawakened the widespread Nash-love among kindred spirits. It is great to know there are so many admirers. Thank you very much.

      @SuzieHQ: Really grateful to hear your appreciation. I'm delighted the work I put in here has reached such discerning audience. thank you for your support/sharing.

      @ReuVera: so true. He has many such pithy aphorisms. Delighted it found another admirer. thank you!

      @Nettlemere: I'm glad I've been able to introduce you to the wonders of Nash. thank you for your visit. I'm sure you'll enjoy the treasure trove of his work.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @mcbirdbks: I'm glad you enjoyed this blend of Nash's masterwork with my own tributes. I do hope it finds the audience Nash deserves. Do appreciate your comment.

      @ajwrites57: Appreciate your comments. The Isabella poem was a good find for inclusion here.

      @Stephanie: thank you- We seem to share similar expereicnes in discovering the wonderful wordplay of Nash and the indelible impression he has left in our creative spirits!

      @JayeWisdom: truly 'chuffed to bits' at the 5 star award. thank you very much!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Pratonix- thank you very much! your ripose is truly masterful. I enjoyed it very much.

      @Laurinzo: thank you very much for your visit and support. appreciate it.

      @Audrey: Thank you!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Ruby: I'm glad we share the Nash love and that I was able to realise an ambition of capturing his work in my own tribute. thank you!

      @Ian: I knew that your hatred wouldn't last long- we have too much in common! Priceless indeed.

      @Mary: I knew you would be familiar with Nash's work and would like my take on the subject. Thank you so much for your wonderful Nash-pastiche about me. It is an honour!

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      7 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      Great illustrations and interesting hub since I didn't know anything about Nash other than his poetry up to now.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Excellent hub! I voted UP and all possible pluses. While I was reading it, my memory gave me a verse that I knew and cited for years...... I didn't remember how or from where I knew it-

      "The problem with a kitten is that eventually it becomes a cat"

      While reading this hub I was already sure that it must be written by Ogden Nash..... A quick Google check and for sure it was his!

      Thank you for an awesome read!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mohan,

      What a beautifully written and illustrated piece of work! Your work is always top class! Ogden Nash was such a genius and his words always make me smile. Your artwork is stunning, such a talented man you are.

      Really enjoyed reading this and it is a great tribute to an American legend.

      Votes across the board, shared & pinned.

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      Poetic Fool 

      7 years ago

      Awesome, Mohan! I've been an Ogden Nash fan for sometime now. My favorite of his:

      To keep your marriage brimming,

      With love in the loving cup,

      Whenever you're wrong, admit it;

      Whenever you're right, shut up.

      Thanks for sharing about the genius that was Ogden Nash. Voted up and much more!

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Mohan (Docmo) -

      Nash was probably the only writer of humorous poems to actually earn a living from writing them. My likely favorites of his many works are two - "On banking" which is long and interestingly rhymed, and "The rhinocerous which is short (two words with one of them being made up by Nash) - to wit: "Rhinocerous. Prepocerous."

      Surely I am happy that you put this article into play here. Enjoyed it.

      Gus :-)))

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      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Thank you, Doc, for featuring Ogden Nash and his wonderful, whimsical verse. You deserve (and received from me) a five-star rating for this one. Shared, too. Everyone should enjoy the verse of Ogden Nash!


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      Stephanie Henkel 

      7 years ago from USA

      I discovered Ogden Nash when I was a teenager and have loved him ever since. Thanks for a great hub on this talented, versatile writer. Your illustrations are wonderful and perfectly complement the poems you've featured. I thoroughly enjoyed your article and voted up and shared!

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      AJ Long 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Docmo--Astounding subject and creative content! Thoroughly enjoyed! Loved the Isabella poem-video! Shared!

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Your production of Ogden Nash is masterful. What a perfect blend of your curiosity, your Nash respect and your talent as an artist. Suitable for publication to a wide audinece is my perspective.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Wow--Wonderful hub --I love Nash!

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      LJ Scott 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      One of the greatest in this and any genre... thank you so much for writing this one Docmo; and for such a worthy tribute to an incredible icon

      who had a great impact on literature and poetic verse specifically

      Voted way up... and this is definitely one to save... and reread

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      8 years ago from Asia

      Excellent hub. Fantastic artwork.

      Here's a response to Ogden Nash's poem on The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus. It's called Riposte to Ogden Nash. The poem was written by an 18 year old boy, who did not believe in Santa Claus.

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Every single thing you write is truly memorable...and always reaches perfection. Picking Ogden Nash as a subject was a stroke of genius IMO. He was always one of my favorites and I remember reading his poems as a child.

      He was the greatest. Everything he wrote was brilliant the same vein, so are the things you write! I have a feeling we've only scratched the surface of your genius and I can't wait for more!

      A mighty man is our Mohan

      He writes like no one else can

      We read each hub

      To find the rub

      That Mohan has as his plan.

      Voted up all the way across.

      P.S. I am voting you the Best All-Around Hubber!!!!

      P.P.S. Your artwork is amazing!

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      Twilight Lawns 

      8 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Mohan, I love this:


      Dear Mr Noah

      I'm sure if you know-a

      Thing or two about Zoology

      You'd surely owe an apology

      To those two little ants in the ark

      That you put next to the Aardvark."

      It really has the genius of Nash. The brevity and the punch.

      By the way, I hate you. I went to bed last night and "sort-of" Nashlike poems were coursing through my mind. What really made me laugh, however, is that there is a lot of Milne's poetry that is remarkably similar... The metre, the whatever.

      I had, as I said, Nashy stuff formulating in my brain, but as I dropped off to sleep it became sore of 'The Three Little Foxes' and 'The Emperor's Rhyme' and the like.

      One of my favourite sets of lines in any poem must be:

      "And supposing he fell,

      By mistake, down a well"


      I've decided not to hate you any more... I forgive you.


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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a very charming tribute to Ogden Nash. I can remember reading him as a child. I love your sketches, they added so much to this piece. The video was great too. Thank you my gifted friend..

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      How wonderful Nell. This hub seems to have brought out memories of parents and Aunts quoting Nash. I do hope we'll be remembered as Nash quoting adults in the future! thank you for sharing your memories. glad this brought back some.

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi Mohan, this was fascinating, and the funny thing was that I knew the poems but had no idea who wrote them. My aunt was always quoting him! I thought that she was just being silly! lol! this is brilliant, now I can go and buy my own copy of his work and remember my aunt at the same time, wonderful, nell

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Sally- thank you very much for your kind comments! Much appreciated.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      aethelthryth- he does have a lot of quotable quotes too. That's a good example. thanks for your visit!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Sunshine- you know how to make me smile! thank you.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      rjsadowski- thanks for your appreciation!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Nithya - thank you very much!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      collegetariat- thank you for your visit.I too love that parody. I could've included all his wonderful examples here!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Mhatter- that's the nicest thing I've heard all week ( its early yet there may be other adulations coming my way. lol) . Oh if only... Thank you so much for that pithy compliment.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      drbj- now that you mention it I do remember reading and commenting on it some time ago. I think I wanted to do a Nash tribute then and found you have already done that. I waited till inspiration struck me to do a new 'pictorial' spin as I couldn't resist sharing my Nash-love with the world! I'm delighted we both love Ogden! thank you.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Bill- thank you my friend!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      fpherj - how delightful that your parents introduced you to Nash. I also wondered about the similarities between DR Seuss 's works and the exuberance of Nash. Nash must have inspired many such writers. thank you for your visit!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Will- thanks for your visit, sir. I'm delighted you like Nash too. Oldies but goodies.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      TT- what do you mean? I'm intrigued.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Rachel ( clevercat) another Nash lover - its wonderful I'eve brought us all out for a good reminiscence!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      rebeccamealey- the pleasure of hubland is to find fellow admirers and share the wonder of our favorite authors/poets/artists etc.. I'm glad I settled the origin of Candy is dandy for you!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Daisy- thanks for being the first to 'pop' over and read this hub. I'm glad you found it entertaining.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Dear Ian, it is an abject pleasure to 'listen' to your experiences and stellar memory. As you say we must have shared a similar childhood experiences when it comes to literary stimulants! I have loved Nash, memorized him and have been showing my recall of his work for some time now. It makes teaching all the more pleasurable. There was so much I could've included in this hub that I didn't - of which the poems you mention are some!

      I was delighted to find the video on YouTube of Ogden Nash's'own recitation of Isabel, Isabel ... did you listen to this?

      You maybe pleased (?) to know that I have written Nash inspired verses that I plan as a follow up to this - I'm certain you may have some tucked away in your memory banks too. IF fyou have lets share them on a 'tribute' hub of (G)Nashisms!

      Here's an example of my own Nash-inspired-verse I posted on Facebook:


      Dear Mr Noah

      I'm sure if you know-a

      Thing or two about Zoology

      You'd surely owe an apology

      To those two little ants in the ark

      That you put next to the Aardvark.

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      Twilight Lawns 

      8 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Mohan, you and I seem to love the same stuff.

      I have adored Nash's verse for as long as I can remember, and that, my friend is a long time. I first came to know him when I was a young lad in Perth West Australia and I can actually remember the very first poem that I heard or read (I can't remember which).

      The Guppy

      “Whales have calves,

      Cats have kittens,

      Bears have cubs,

      Bats have bittens,

      Swans have cygnets,

      Seals have puppies,

      But guppies just have little guppies.”

      After that I was hooked and I read so many and so often that I found I was memorising them, and getting so much enjoyment out of them that by the time I was a teacher. I was teaching them and reading them to very appreciative children

      There are so many times someone will remind me of a line and I am off and away...

      And when I say I taught to memory, I don’t mean the little four, six or eight liners, but the long and really funny ones like:

      Belinda lived in a little white House,

      With a little black Kitten and a Little grey Mouse,

      And a little yellow Dog, and a little red Wagon

      And a realio, trulio little pet Dragon.

      And that was me not really showing off, but I found I couldn’t just leave ‘Custard the Dragon’ to himself.

      Or Jabez Dawes, whose character was full of flaws and the adventures of Isabel.(to the Giant... “Now I’ll eat you.”

      Sorry about the showing off. You’ve made my night.


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      8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Absolutely delightful, in every way. It was so nice to read long-favorite Ogden Nash verses and enjoy your charming, refreshing illustrations. Voted up and everything else!

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      8 years ago from American Southwest

      I am always explaining to "cat people" that "The trouble with a kitten is THAT/Eventually it becomes a cat."

      I always figured Ogden Nash must have done other writing, but did not know that till now. Thank you!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I second MHatter's comment! Could we get a third? Beautiful art work and memories!

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      8 years ago

      Awesome and humerous. A lot of work went into this hub. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading this. I am a fan of Ogden Nash and you have excellently showcased some of the works of Ogden Nash. His works are evergreen and can be read again and again. Voted up. A brilliant piece as uusual.

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      8 years ago

      Great hub! Nash was so witty and pithy, and most of your little bits of verse I had never seen before. Though I haven't read much of him, his Parody on a Psalm of Life is one of my favorites. The original is superb, and the parody is genius. Thanks for sharing!

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      good work. who knows, one day a Docmo will write about Docmo.

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Something else that we have in common, Docmo. I, too, am a lifelong fan of Ogden Nash and his exceptional wit and outstanding verses. In fact I wrote a hub some time ago, "Tribute to Ogden Nash," and included some of his funniest poetry. Here is the biggest coincidence: you and I selected some of the very same verses. How 'bout that? Thanks for selecting Ogden as a topic and honoring him with such style.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A great hub about a legend! Bravo! Well-done my friend!

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      8 years ago from Carson City

      Docmo....My parents introduced me to Ogden Nash many years ago.....and it was then I realized that so very many of the expressions my Mom and Dad used often, were the original words of mr. Nash.

      I remember thinking how cool that was.......and Ogden Nash has always put me in mind of Dr. Seuss.(or would that be visa-versa?) I wouldn't doubt that they were mutual fans.....

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      8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The likes of Ogden Nash and Bennet Cerf are probably never to be seen again, and I remember them both with great affection.

      Another real goody of a Hub, Docmo!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      That explains a lot. :) VUMS.

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      Rachel Vega 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love Ogden Nash! I always smile while reading his verses and I consider myself thoroughly Nashed, through and through. Voted up and awesome.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is so good! I too love Nash's work. I didn't know that was where the candy is dandy little diddy came from!

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      8 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mohan (Docmo),

      I've been waiting for you to publish this Hub ever since you mentioned on your Facebook wall that you were going to do so.

      This is another brilliant example of your work, polymath. Great job!


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