"The Fly," "A Word To Husbands" and "Lather As You Go" are some short funny poems by Ogden Nash. A widely appreciated writer of light verse, Nash was born in Rye, New York, in 1902. His poems were first published in the New Yorker around 1930 and are considered a treasure of American literature.Continue Reading
Among Ogden Nash's best known lines are “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker” and “If called by a panther, don’t anther.” "The Fly" is a short poem by Nash that wonders why God made the fly. "A Word To Husbands" advises husbands to shut up if they want to keep their marriages brimming. "Lather As You Go" is a humorous reminder to automobile drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
"Crossing The Border" is a short poem about aging, and "What's The Use?" is a tongue-in-cheek poem about women. "Reflexions on Ice-Breaking" and "The Eel" are other also amusing poems by Ogden Nash.
"Samson Agonistes" is a clever poem about frigid bath water, and "The Germ" is a playful poem about these small but mighty creatures.
Ogden Nash's poems had an anti-establishment ring to them, and he was a keen observer of American social life, frequently mocking religious moralizing and conservative politicians. Until his death in 1971, Nash made regular appearances on radio and television and drew huge audiences for his readings and lectures.Learn more about Poetry