->''Candy is dandy,\\
Ogden Nash (1902-1971) was one of the great writers of American humorous poetry, noted for couplets or other poems that rhyme, but [[PainfulRhyme the lines are of different length and irregular meter]]. He lived in Baltimore most of his life, and included several paeans to it in his work. Also noted are his series of poems set to Camille Saint-Saens' "Carnival Of The Animals".
He was also verified by the ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'' as having composed the shortest published poem: "On the Antiquity of Fleas", which consists of the single line "Adam had 'em."
!!Tropes in Ogden Nash's work:
* AdHominem[=/=]DontShootTheMessage: "Yes-and-No Man" is about a man who wants to be concerned about the direction the country is headed--but cannot stand all the mutual demonization between left and right.
* AnalogyBackfire: The poem "The Romantic Age", about a lovestruck teenage girl who:
-->Presses lips and tosses head, \\
Declares she's not too young to wed. \\
Informs you pertly you forget \\
Do not argue, do not shout; \\
Remind her how that one turned out.
** In the first verse "Polterguest, my Polterguest", the narrator claims such exasperation as to tempt him to throw the bitch under a train. In the last verse, we learn that [[spoiler:he has already tried, unsuccessfully, to drown her]].
** DoubleSubverted with Pinball Pete in ''A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor''. A man comes to the hotel where Pete resides, seeking revenge for one of the many women Pete has ruined. The lift operator attempts to persuade him that murder, even of a man like Pete, is not worth the price, and succeeds -- [[spoiler:then admits that he's already murdered Pinball Pete himself. "You see -- I had a daughter, too."]]
* BearsAreBadNews: Isabel's first foe in "[[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/adventures-of-isabel/ The Adventures of Isabel]]" is a hungry bear who tries to eat her (only to have the tables turned on him.)
* ButLiquorIsQuicker: "Reflections on Ice-Breaking" is the TropeNamer.
-->We might love the people upstairs wonderous\\
If, instead of above us, they lived just underus.
-->There are no rhymes for orange or silver,\\
Unless liberties you pilfer.
* LiteralMinded: "Very Like A Whale" is all about the narrator's dislike of metaphor.
* LittleDidIKnow: "Don't Guess, Let Me Tell You".
* LittleMissBadass: The heroine of "[[http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/adventures-of-isabel/ The Adventures of Isabel]]" (named after Nash's own daughter) is an unflappable little girl you don't want to get on the wrong side of, see her dealings with an enormous bear:
--> Isabel, Isabel didn't worry\\
Isabel didn't scream or scurry.\\
She washed her hands and straightened her hair up\\
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.
* MissingFloor: "A Tale of the Thirteenth Floor".
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: One of Isabel's foes in the poem is a doctor who applies shock therapy to her; he gets ATasteOfHisOwnMedicine (literally) by the heroine.
* PainfulRhyme: [[invoked]] Though done deliberately, and often lampshaded by changes in the spelling.
-->More than a catbird hates a cat, \\
Or a criminal hates a clue, \\
Or the Axis hates the United States, \\
That's how much I love you....
* SomewhereAnOrnithologistIsCrying: The malediction against hotel managers in "Mr. Purvis Dreads Room Service; or, Mrs. Purvis Dreads it Too". Alas, scarlet tanagers do not apparently go after Japanese beetles, invasive bugs that are a major frustration to American gardeners.
* SpotlightStealingTitle: "The Self-Effacement of Electra Thorne":
-->As for egocentricity, good heavens!\\
What's egocentric about wanting the marquee to read
OPHELIA AND HAMLET\\
* StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks: "The Clean Platter"
-->Some singers sing of ladies' eyes \\
And some of ladies' lips, \\
Refined ones praise their ladylike ways, \\
And coarse ones hymn their hips.
* TermiteTrouble[=/=]FloorboardFailure: "The Termite"
-->Some primal termite knocked on wood\\
Tasted it, and found it good\\
And that is why your Cousin May\\
Fell through the parlor floor today.
* TheSoCalledCoward: "Custard the Dragon" is about a woman named Belinda who lived with a kitten, a mouse, a dog, and a dragon. Counter-intuitively, the kitten, mouse, and dog were all described as being very brave, while the dragon was a coward. However, when a pirate broke into the house and threatened Belinda, the three supposedly 'brave' animals ran and hid, and Custard stood his ground, fought the pirate, and ate him.
* TheThingThatWouldNotLeave: [[http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~keith/poems/polterguest.html "Polterguest, My Polterguest"]].
* WickedWitch: Isabel meets one on a "a night as black as pitch", who tries to turn her into a toad.
-->The Wendigo, the Wendigo \\
I saw it just a friend ago \\
Last night it lurked in Canada \\
Tonight on your veranda!