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Ogden Nash

Geburtstag: 19. August 1902
Todesdatum: 19. Mai 1971

Frederic Ogden Nash war ein US-amerikanischer Lyriker, der vor allem durch seine Limericks ein beliebter Dichter in den USA war.

Ogden Nash war der Sohn eines Unternehmers, der mit Import-Export-Geschäften sein Geld verdiente. Aufgrund geschäftlicher Notwendigkeiten des Vaters erlebte die Familie zahlreiche Wohnortswechsel. 1920 wurde Nash an der Harvard University aufgenommen, verließ die Eliteuniversität jedoch bereits nach einem Jahr wieder, um sich mit Gelegenheitsjobs durchs Leben zu schlagen.

1931 veröffentlichte Ogden Nash einen ersten Band mit Gedichten, der ihm sogleich die Anerkennung der amerikanischen Öffentlichkeit brachte. 1932 schrieb Nash erstmals zwei Songtexte für eine Broadwayrevue. Sein bekanntestes Liedwerk entstand 1943. Gemeinsam mit dem Komponisten Kurt Weill und Librettisten S. J. Perelman verfasste er das Musical One Touch of Venus. Die Uraufführung fand am 7. Oktober 1943 statt und erlebte bis 1945 567 Aufführungen. 1950 wurde er in die American Academy of Arts and Letters und 1965 in die American Academy of Arts and Sciences gewählt.

Ogden Nash war von 1931 bis zu seinem Tod mit Frances Rider Nash , geborene Leonard, verheiratet und Vater von zwei Kindern.

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„Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for.“

—  Ogden Nash

"The Parent"; paraphrased variants:
Children aren't happy without something to ignore, and that's what parents were created for.
Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.
Happy Days (1933)

„A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.“

—  Ogden Nash

"A Dog's Best Friend Is His Illiteracy" in The Private Dining Room (1953)
Paraphrased variant: A door is that which a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
Quelle: Private Dining-room and Other New Verses

„My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky;
Contrariwise, my blood runs cold
When little boys go by.“

—  Ogden Nash

Many Long Years Ago (1945), Song To Be Sung by the Father of Infant Female Children
Kontext: My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky;
Contrariwise, my blood runs cold
When little boys go by.
For little boys as little boys,
No special hate I carry,
But now and then they grow to men,
And when they do, they marry.
No matter how they tarry,
Eventually they marry.
And, swine among the pearls,
They marry little girls.

„Among other things I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit…“

—  Ogden Nash

Commencement address at his daughter Linell's boarding school, as quoted http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/05/AR2005050501359_pf.html in The Washington Post (8 May 2005)
Kontext: Among other things I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit... So here we are several billion of us, crowded into our global concentration camp for the duration. How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don't have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves.

„There are two kinds of people who blow through life like a breeze,
And one kind is gossipers, and the other kind is gossipees,
And they certainly annoy each other,
But they certainly enjoy each other“

—  Ogden Nash

I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938), I Have It On Good Authority
Kontext: There are two kinds of people who blow through life like a breeze,
And one kind is gossipers, and the other kind is gossipees,
And they certainly annoy each other,
But they certainly enjoy each other,
Yes, they pretend to flout each other,
But they couldn't do without each other...

„And particularly because they all observe one rule which woe betides the banker who fails to heed it,
Which is you must never lend any money to anybody unless they don't need it.“

—  Ogden Nash

"Bankers Are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer"
I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938)
Kontext: Most bankers dwell in marble halls,
Which they get to dwell in because they encourage deposits and discourage withdrawals,
And particularly because they all observe one rule which woe betides the banker who fails to heed it,
Which is you must never lend any money to anybody unless they don't need it.

„I'll pepper his powder, and salt his bottle,
And give him readings from Aristotle.
Sand for his spinach I'll gladly bring,
And Tabasco sauce for his teething ring.
Then perhaps he'll struggle through fire and water
To marry somebody else's daughter.“

—  Ogden Nash

Many Long Years Ago (1945), Song To Be Sung by the Father of Infant Female Children
Kontext: A fig for embryo Lohengrins!
I'll open all his safety pins,
I'll pepper his powder, and salt his bottle,
And give him readings from Aristotle.
Sand for his spinach I'll gladly bring,
And Tabasco sauce for his teething ring.
Then perhaps he'll struggle through fire and water
To marry somebody else's daughter.

„Listen, buds, it's March twenty first;
Don't you know enough to burst?“

—  Ogden Nash

Spring Song http://books.google.com/books?id=bkFLAAAAIAAJ&q=%22Listen+buds+it's+March+twenty+first+don't+you+know+enough+to+burst%22&pg=PA138#v=onepage
I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938)
Kontext: Listen, buds, it's March twenty first;
Don't you know enough to burst?
Come on, birds, unlock your throats!
Come on, gardeners, shed your coats!

„And the prospects for my future social life couldn't possibly be barrener.
Did I tell you that the prospects for my future social life couldn't be barrener?“

—  Ogden Nash

Good Intentions (1942), So Does Everybody Else, Only Not So Much
Kontext: And what really turns my corpuscles to ice,
I carry around clippings and read them to people twice.
And I know what I am doing while I am doing it and I don't want to do it but I can't help doing it and I am just another Ancient Mariner,
And the prospects for my future social life couldn't possibly be barrener.
Did I tell you that the prospects for my future social life couldn't be barrener?

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„Abracadabra, thus we learn,
The more you create, the less you earn.“

—  Ogden Nash

"One From One Leaves Two" http://holyjoe.net/poetry/nash9.htm
Kontext: Abracadabra, thus we learn,
The more you create, the less you earn.
The less you earn, the more you're given,
The less you lead, the more you're driven,
The more destroyed, the more they feed,
The more you pay, the more they need
The more you earn, the less you keep,
And now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul should take
If the tax collector hasn't got it before I wake.

„Time who makes the years to whirl
Adorned as he adored you.“

—  Ogden Nash

Many Long Years Ago (1945), A Lady Thinks She Is Thirty
Kontext: Silly girl, silver girl,
Draw the mirror toward you;
Time who makes the years to whirl
Adorned as he adored you.

„People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.“

—  Ogden Nash

"Old Men"
Many Long Years Ago (1945)
Kontext: People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when...
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.

„God in his wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.“

—  Ogden Nash

"The Fly"
Good Intentions (1942)
Variante: God in his wisdom made me fly, and then forgot to tell me why.

„Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens“

—  Ogden Nash

"Everybody Tells Me Everything" in The Face Is Familiar (1940)
Kontext: Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens,
And that is why I do not like the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons.

„A young person is a person with nothing to learn
One who already knows that ice does not chill and fire does not burn…“

—  Ogden Nash

"Fortunately"
Versus (1949)
Kontext: A young person is a person with nothing to learn
One who already knows that ice does not chill and fire does not burn...
It knows it can spend six hours in the sun on its first
day at the beach without ending up a skinless beet,
And it knows it can walk barefoot through the barn
without running a nail in its feet....
Meanwhile psychologists grow rich
Writing that the young are ones' should not
undermine the self-confidence of which.

„Some primal termite knocked on wood
And tasted it, and found it good!“

—  Ogden Nash

"The Termite"
Good Intentions (1942)
Kontext: Some primal termite knocked on wood
And tasted it, and found it good!
And that is why your Cousin May
Fell through the parlor floor today.

„I dont' mind their having a lot of money, and I don't care how they employ it,
But I do think that they damn well ought to admit they enjoy it.“

—  Ogden Nash

"The Terrible People"
Many Long Years Ago (1945)
Kontext: People who have what they want are very fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it,
And I wish I could afford to gather all such people into a gloomy castle on the Danube and hire half a dozen capable Draculas to haunt it.
I dont' mind their having a lot of money, and I don't care how they employ it,
But I do think that they damn well ought to admit they enjoy it.

„How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don't have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves.“

—  Ogden Nash

Commencement address at his daughter Linell's boarding school, as quoted http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/05/AR2005050501359_pf.html in The Washington Post (8 May 2005)
Kontext: Among other things I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit... So here we are several billion of us, crowded into our global concentration camp for the duration. How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don't have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves.

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