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Pocket Book of Ogden Nash

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Publisher Comments:

Here, in one volume, are the most popular poems of one of the most popular poets of the twentieth century — perhaps of the last twenty centuries. Delightfully nonsensical, they in fact make the best of sense, accomplishing what only real poetry can — allowing the reader to discover what he didn't know he already knew or felt.

About the Author

Though best remembered for his light verse, Ogden Nash also achieved success as a lyricist — with One Touch of Venus, book by S.J. Perelman and music by Kurt Weill — and as the writer of verses set to classical music such as Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. He died in 1971.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction by Louis Untermeyer

VERSUS

The Hunter

A Word about Winter

How Do You Say Ha-Ha in French?

What I Know About Life

First Limick

The Strange Case of Mr. Palliser's Palate

Will You Have Your Tedium Rare or Medium?

The Porcupine

There's Nothing like Instinct. Fortunately.

The People Upstairs

Tableau at Twilight

There Are More Ways to Roast a Pig Than Burning the House Down, or, You Can Always Stick Your Head in a Volcano

September Is Summer, Too, or, It's Never Too Late to Be Uncomfortable

The Lion

Third Limick

Possessions Are Nine Points of Conversation

Polterguest, My Polterguest

Piano Tuner, Untune Me That Tune

Pappy Wants a Poppy

Not Even for Brunch

Mrs. Purvis Dreads Room Service, or, Mr. Purvis Dreads It, Too

Oh Shucks, Ma'am, I Mean Excuse Me

Always Marry an April Girl

Lines to Be Embroidered on a Bib, or, The Child Is Father of the Man, but Not for Quite a while

I Do, I Will, I Have

The Guppy

Good Riddance, but Now What?

I'll Take the High Road Commission

The Asp

Cousin Euphemia Knows Best, or, Physician, Heal Somebody Else

Here Usually Comes the Bride

Compliments of a Friend

The Middle

For a Good Dog

The Perfect Husband


THE PRIVATE DINING ROOM

The Private Dining Room

Peekaboo, I Almost See You

Correction: Eve Delved and Adam Span

My Trip Daorba

The Anniversary

A Caution to Everybody

I Didn't Say a Word, or, Who Called That Piccolo Player a Father?

Calling Spring VII-MMMC

Everybody's Mind to Me a Kingdom Is, or, A Great Big Wonderful World It's

They Won't Believe on New Year's Eve, That New Year's Day Will Come What May

Don't Look for the Silver Lining, Just Wait for It

The Tortoise

The Mules

The Cuckoo

The Voluble Wheel Chair

The Child Is Father to the Man, but with More Authority

A Dog's Best Friend Is His Illiteracy

Everybody Wants to Get into the Baedeker

The Strange Case of the Cautious Motorist

The Unwinged Ones

Medusa and the Mot Juste

Everything's Haggis in Hoboken, or, Scots Wha Hae Hae

The Bat

The Chipmunk

Tweedledee and Tweedledoom

I Remember Yule

Maybe You Can't Take It with You, but Look What Happens When You Leave It Behind

Lecturer in Bookstore

Reflection on the Vernacular

This Is My Own, My Native Tongue


MANY LONG YEARS AGO

Nevertheless

When the Devil Was Sick Could He Prove It?

Oh, Stop Being Thankful All Over the Place

"My Child Is Phlegmatic" — Anxious Parent

The Party

Kindly Unhitch That Star, Buddy

The Passionate Pagan and the Dispassionate Public

Theatrical Reflection

Portrait of the Artist as a Prematurely Old Man

Taboo to Boot

Advice Outside a Church

Our Child Doesn't Know Anything, or, Thank God!

Listen

Love under the Republicans (or Democrats)

Don't Cry, Darling, Its Blood All Right

My Daddy

It Must Be the Milk

A Lady Thinks She Is Thirty

Edouard

In Which the Poet Is Ashamed But Pleased

I Know You'll Like Them

The Canary

The Terrible People

The Tale of Custard the Dragon

Political Reflection

The Big Tent under the Roof

Two and One Are a Problem

Thunder Over the Nursery

Mr. Artesian's Conscientiousness

The Lama

Family Court

The Germ

The Cow

The Mind of Professor Primrose

Reflection on Ingenuity

Election Day Is a Holiday

Old Men

The Very Unclubbable Man

Pediatric Reflection

Good-By, Old Year, You Oaf, or, Why Don't They Pay the Bonus?

A Carol for Children

Legal Reflection

Lucy Lake

Song to Be Sung by the Father of Infant Female Children

The Phoenix

The Seven Spiritual Ages of Mrs. Marmaduke Moore

What Almost Every Woman Knows Sooner or Later

Suppose I Darken Your Door

Hush, Here They Come

I Yield to My Learned Brother, or, Is There a Candlestick Maker in the House?

Reflection on the Passage of Time, Its Inevitability and its Quirks


I'M A STRANGER HERE MYSELF

Curl Up and Diet

Bankers Are just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer

The Japanese

The Strange Case of Mr. Donnybrook's Boredom

To a Lady Passing Time Better Left Unpassed

Nine Miles to the Railroad

The Eight O'Clock Peril

The Strange Case of Mr. Ballantine's Valentine

One Man's Need is Another Man's Overemphasis

The Strange Case of the Pleasing Taxi-Driver

The Strange Case of the Ambitious Caddy

I'm Terribly Sorry for You, but I Can't Help Laughing

The Strange Case of the Girl o' Mr. Sponsoon's Dreams

Oh, Please Don't Get Up!

Just Keep Quiet and Nobody Will Notice

Lines to Be Scribbled on Somebody Else's Thirtieth Milestone

Who Understands Who Anyhow?

Complaint to Four Angels


GOOD INTENTIONS

You and me and P. B. Shelley

Glossina Morsitans, or, the Tsetse

Now Tell Me About Yourself

Tin Wedding Whistle

April Yule, Daddy!

I'm Sure She Said Six-Thirty

We Don't Need to Leave Yet, Do We? or, Yes We Do

The Screen with the Face with the Voice

I Want a Drink of Water, but Not from the Thermos

The Trouble with Women Is Men

The Gander

Dance Unmacabre

Suppose He Threw It in Your Face

So That's Who I Remind Me of

Dr. Fell and Points West

Thoughts Thought on an Avenue

Thoughts Thought While Waiting for a Pronouncement from a Doctor, an Editor, a Big Executive, the Department of Internal Revenue or Any Other Momentous Pronouncer

Samson Agonistes

Seeing Eye to Eye Is Believing

The Strange Case of Mr. Niobob's Transmogrification

And Three Hundred and Sixty-Six in Leap Year

Frailty, Thy Name Is a Misnomer

Celery

The Parsnip

I Burn Money

The Cantaloupe

The Octopus

A Bulletin Has Just Come In

The Eel

The Wasp

Not George Washington's, Not Abraham Lincoln's, but Mine

The Kangaroo

Don't Wait, Hit Me Now!

I'll Write Their Number Down When We Get Home

The Fly

Ask Daddy, He Won't Know

The Termite


YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE

And How Keen Was the Vision of Sir Launfal?

Oafishness Sells Good, like an Advertisement Should

Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New, but Don't Get Caught in Between

1. FIRST CHIME
2. SECOND CHIME

Period Period

PERIOD I
PERIOD II

I Spy, or, The Depravity of Privacy

Anybody for Money? or, Just Bring Your Own Basket

Fee Fi Ho Hum, No Wonder Baby Sucks Her Thumb

Your Lead, Partner, I Hope We've Read the Same Book

Anybody Else Hate Nickynames?

The Snark Was a Boojum Was a Prawn

Try It Suns. and Hols.; Its Closed Then

What, No Sheep?

Ho, Varlet! My Two Cents' Worth of Penny Postcard!

Caesar Knifed Again, or, Culture Biz Gets Hep, Boffs Profs

My My

1. MY DREAM
2. MY CONSCIENCE

I Can't Have a Martini, Dear, but You Take One, or, Are You Going to Sit There Guzzling All Night?

I'll Eat My Split-Level Turkey in the Breezeway

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

A Brief Guide to Rhyming, or, How Be the Little Busy Doth?

If Fun Is Fun, Isn't That Enough?

Nature-Walks, or, Not to Mention a Dopping of Sheldrakes

1. THE SQUID
2. THE OSTRICH
3. THE PRAYING MANTIS
4. THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
5. THE MANATEE
6. THE SQUAB

Up from the Egg: the Confessions of a Nuthatch Avoider

There'll Always Be a War Between the Sexes, or, A Woman Can Be Sometimes Pleased, but Never Satisfied

Posies from a Second Childhood, or, Hark How Gaffer Do Chaffer

DADDY'S HOME, SEE YOU TOMORROW
THE ABSENTEES
A BOY'S WILL IS THE WIND'S WILL?

Preface to the Past

Birthday on the Beach

Crossing the Border

About the Author

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671727895
Author:
Nash, Ogden
Publisher:
Pocket
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Form - Limericks & Verse
Subject:
Collected works (single author, multi-form)
Subject:
Limericks & verse
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
Humorous poetry, American
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
no.
Publication Date:
1962
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
200 p.
Dimensions:
6.75x4.16x.49 in. .27 lbs.

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