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Author: Ogden Nash
Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown 1945.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Nash did not often discuss his comic patterns, but did once explain his formula for the telling use of cliché:?The trick is that it must be somebody else?s cliché and not the author?s own.? Typical is the treatment that Nash gives to the overworked advice,?Hate the sin but love the sinner,? in?Nevertheless,? from Many Long Years Ago."--Poetry Foundation website.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Humorous poetry
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971.
Many long years ago.
Boston, Little, Brown 1945
(OCoLC)570672940
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ogden Nash
OCLC Number: 289833
Notes: Poems.
Description: xvii, 333 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: That reminds me --
A bas ben Adhem --
Seaside serenade --
People --
Nevertheless --
When the devil was sick could he prove it? --
Lines for a summer's end --
The cat --
Oh, stop being thankful all over the place --
"My child is phlegmatic ..." -anxious parent --
Ha! original sin! --
The party --
Benjamin --
Kindly unhitch that star, buddy --
The passionate pagan and the dispassionate public --
Theatrical reflection --
Portrait of the artist as a prematurely old man --
Scram, lion! --
A brief guide to New York --
Birdies, don't make me laugh --
The pig --
Death on the nineteenth hole --
Lines to a world-famous poet who failed to complete a world-famous poem or come clean, Mr. Guest! --
Nupitual reflections --
A plea for less malice toward none --
Taboo to boot --
The cobra --
Very like a whale. Advice outside a church --
Platitudinous reflection --
You cad, why don't you cringe? --
Fragonard --
Electra becomes morbid --
Reflection on a wicked world --
Our child doesn't know anything or thank God! --
Listen ... --
Apartment to sublet --
unfurnished --
The rabbits --
You have more freedom in a house --
Abdication of a jester --
Love under the republicans (or democrats) --
Don't look now --
Reminiscent reflection --
Lines to be mumbled at Ovington's --
Don't cry, darling, it's blood all right --
Reflections on ice-breaking --
Invocation --
King Leer --
My daddy --
When you say that, smile! or all right then, don't smile --
It must be the milk --
A lady thinks she is pretty --
Edouard --
The individualist. In which the poet is ashamed but pleased --
Funebrial reflection --
I know you'll like them --
Judgement day --
The canary --
The terrible people --
The tale of Custard the dragon --
Political reflection --
It's never fair weather --
Remembrance of things to come --
Arthur --
Ma, what's a banker? or hush, my child --
Golly, how truth will out! --
The camel --
The secret town --
Will consider situation --
The rooster --
Pretty halcyon days --
Mr. Peachey's predicatment or no mot parades --
The sea-gull --
Rainy day --
The big tent under the roof --
Drusilla --
A good parent's garden of vision --
Literary reflection --
Two and one are a problem --
For the most improbable she --
Song of the open road. Thunder over the nursery --
The clean platter --
The duck --
Mr. Artesian's conscientiousness --
Epistle to the Olympians --
The lama --
Goody for our side and your side too --
The parent --
Lines to be muttered through clenched teeth and quiet a lot of lather, in the country --
Family court --
The life of the party --
The germ --
One third of a calendar --
More about people --
The cow --
Lines to a three-name lady --
Little feet --
Genealogical reflection --
The mind of Professor Primrose --
Reflection on ingenuity --
I always say a good saint is no worse than a bad cold --
Happy days, Elmer! --
The turtle --
After the christening --
Aside to husbands --
The fish --
Tell it to the eskimos or tell it to the esquimaux --
Low pressure aria. Reflection on caution --
Turns in a worm's lane --
Election day is a holiday --
The rhinoceros --
September morn --
From a Manhattan tomb --
Reflection on babies --
Vive le postmaster general! --
Epstein, spare that yule log! --
Birth comes to the archbishop --
Some of my best friends are children --
Old men --
A drink with something in it --
Watchman, what of the first first lady? --
Children's party --
The panther --
The very unclubbable man --
Pediatric reflection --
Macbeth has murdered sleep or don't make me laugh --
Good-by, old year, you oaf or why don't they pay the bonus? --
A carol for children --
Song for a temperature of a hundred and one --
What's the use? --
I never even suggested it --
One, two, buckle my shoe --
The kitten --
Let George do it if you can find him --
Don't guess, let me tell you. The caribou --
Let's not go to the theature tonight or we couldn't get seats anyhow --
Please leave father alone --
Legal reflection --
What's the matter, haven't you got any sense of humor? --
Lucy Lake --
The oyster --
How long has this been going on? oh, quite long --
A watched example never boils --
The Wapiti --
Hearts and flowers or what I know about Bolivar Black --
Spring comes to Murray Hill --
Nothing but nature --
Two songs for a boss named Mr. Longwell --
A warning to wives --
Song to be sung by the father of infant female children --
The phoenix --
Love for sale --
Lines indited with all the depravity of poverty --
Malice domestic --
These latins --
Machinery doesn't answer, either, but you aren't married to it --
A child's guide to parents --
The turkey --
The seven spiritual ages of Mrs. Marmaduke Moore --
I have used it for years --
Money is everything --
Everybody tells me everything. It all depends on who you are --
The wombat --
Look for the silver lining --
Winter complaint --
Oh to be odd! --
Adventures of Isabel --
My dear, how ever did you think up this delicious salad? --
The shrew --
What almost every woman knows sooner or later --
Pride goeth before a raise or ah, there, Mrs. Cadwallader-Smith! --
Remember the old folks at home --
The squirrel --
Are you a snodgrass? --
A parable for sports writers, society columnists, bond salesmen and poets or go get a reputation --
Reflection on the fallibility of nemesis --
Raven, don't stay away from my door --
a chant for April first --
Dragons are too seldom --
Suppose I darken your door --
Look what you did, Christopher! --
Woodman, spare not that underbrush --
First payment deferred --
Hush, here they come --
Biological reflection --
I yield to my learned brother or is there a candlestick maker in the house? --
I had no idea it was so late --
Reflection on the passage of time, its inevitability and its quirks --
Grasshoppers are very intelligent --
Hearts of gold or a good excuse is worse than none --
Introspective reflection.

Abstract:

"Nash did not often discuss his comic patterns, but did once explain his formula for the telling use of cliché:?The trick is that it must be somebody else?s cliché and not the author?s own.? Typical is the treatment that Nash gives to the overworked advice,?Hate the sin but love the sinner,? in?Nevertheless,? from Many Long Years Ago."--Poetry Foundation website.

"Mr. Nash has chosen from his five earlier collections of verse those that he wanted available for the growing public. He has added 31 poems found only in the volume of selected verse, The Face Is Familiar, Uniform with Good Intentions and I'm a Stranger Here Myself.' Kirkus Reviews.

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