Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday with Words: Ogden Nash Poetry

We are trying to incorporate more poetry into our day, but I am also trying to take a page from Andrew Pudewa about poetry and young boys - make it fun.  A while back I picked up the book Custard and Company poems by Ogden Nash arranged and illustrated by Quentin Blake at a library book sale. (Blake illustrates lots of Roald Dahl books). These are GREAT poems for boys and the pictures are funny.  Some are short (two lines), some are long, lots describe funny features of animals and the way he plays with words is lots of fun.

Here is a fun example:

The Germ

A mighty creature is the germ,
Though smaller than the pachyderm.
His customary dwelling place
Is deep within the human race.
His childish pride he often pleases
By giving people strange diseases.
Do you, my poppet, feel infirm?
You probably contain a germ.

This is not high end poetry but it is well written and fun.  I do think there are probably inappropriate Ogden Nash verses out there but this collection is meant for children.

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1 comment:

  1. Funny! I like Nash's poetry, clever and the rhymes are great.