Ogden Nash (1902－1971), a master of light, whimsical, and sometimes nonsensical verse, started his writing career at Doubleday Page Publishers, where he wrote his first children’s book with Joseph Algers, The Cricket of Garador, in 1925. His first piece of satiric verse Spring Comes to Murray Hill was published in 1930.
In an environment in which people cared little about poetry, Nash managed to be one of the most popular and most quoted poets of his time. His turn of the phrase, his puns, and his nonsensical rhymes appealed to people of all ages. He was well regarded by critics and the public alike for his inventive titles, his unlikely rhymes, and his ridiculous play on words.
Nash possessed a style that was very irregular indeed. Sometimes his poems contained only a handful of words; at other times they went on for several lines before ending in a clever or sometimes nonsensical rhyme. On many occasions he invented a word to fit the rhyme. Not only are his lines and rhymes irregular, but the length of his poems varied greatly. Some verses would go on for pages at a time, while others began and ended abruptly in two lines.
Although the Atlantic Monthly heralded Nash as "God’s gift to the United States" for his insightful commentary on 20th-century America, his work had international appeal. His poems were humorous not only because they made people laugh, but also because they contained some truth of human experience. He believed that his writing was not just for kids, but rather lay in a gray area between child and adult worlds.
奥格登·纳什（1902－1971）是一名轻松、滑稽、有时甚至可称作是荒诞诗歌的大师。在Doubleday出版社工作期间，他与Joseph Algers在1925年合著了其第一本儿童读物－－The Cricket of Garador，从而开始了其写作生涯。1930年，他的第一首讽刺诗Spring Comes to Murray Hill发表。