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One of Ogden Nash’s best-known poems, ‘The Cow’ is just two lines long, and although we wouldn’t call it his best, it is one of his most famous so deserves its inclusion here.What makes Ogden Nash’s senescence so special?
Again, though, a lot of the sheer delight of the poem lies in the sounds Nash employs so perfectly, such as the internal rhyme (or near-rhyme) of Senescence with descendants, or the fact that there is an end in descendants. For a good edition of Ogden Nash’s poetry, we recommend The Best of Ogden Nash.Who was Ogden Nash?
This one will straighten you out. The great Ogden Nash, 1902–71, was a fiercely innovative poet who consecrated his art to the entertainment of the masses—and carried on being fiercely innovative. No one was wittier, no one was more verbally adroit, yet he had no meanness or spikiness; he was adored by that shy beast, the general reader.What is “so Penseroso?
“So Penseroso” is a loving, piercing send-up of a certain strain of indulgent melancholia—to which we’re all prone right now, let’s face it. You will feel both accurately diagnosed and much, much better.