Ogden Nash | Critical Review by The Atlantic Monthly

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Ogden Nash.
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Critical Essay by George W. Crandell

SOURCE: “Moral Incongruity and Humor: The ‘Good Bad’ Poetry of Ogden Nash,” in Studies in American Humor, Vol. 7, 1989, pp. 94-103.

In the following essay, Crandell examines Nash's use of the “poet-fool” persona in his humorous verse.

For some readers, the term “humorous poetry” is an oxymoron. “Poetry” denotes something serious, while “humorous,” by definition, means just the opposite. Equating “serious” with “good” and “humorous” with “bad,” the same individuals use “humorous” in a pejorative sense to distinguish writing that has some of the formal characteristics of poetry, rhyme and meter for example, but which lacks the...

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