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  1. Jay O'Toole

    The Nasher Couplet

    Well, Dear Ms. Tinker, you are becoming quite famous at The Poet's Place Cafe. This week's challenge there is simply titled, "Nashers." The following is today's post on my personal blog, https://www.writing.com/main/books/entry_id/915307-Nashers-My-Towns-Got-Talent which I will copy to The Poet's Place Cafe as I am copying it here as well. My comfort level, regarding this style, is considerably less than with my favor format, but I believe I have achieved the spirit of the verse in a way that is not too adverse. We have talents that we hope are best or good enough, Yet we shoot our feet, when giving out just verbal fluff. We can live our lives as wondrous funny and wise souls, When we are as we were made to be, not fawning, grovelly trolls. We wonder if our writing's worthy to be shown and read, But our worthless writing's that we refused to pen 'fore dead. We must cast away our demons that do trouble us with doubt, For it's time that they should find a shady corner and just pout. by Jay O'Toole on July 13th, 2017 For more about these witticisms invented by Ogden Nash just peruse the following links. https://poeticbloomings2.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/in-form-poet-wednesday-with-rj-clarken-the-nasher/ http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/forums/topic/997-ii-the-couplet-the-nasher-couplet/ As you will notice Dr. Dave cited your post from June 1st, 2009 as background information, regarding the Ogden Nash verse.
  2. Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry The Frame II. The Couplet The Nasher couplet is a satirical couplet using wrenched rhyme, creating puns, or twisted words to create a rhyme. Think satire with some silliness. The lines themselves may be of any meter or not, at the discretion of the poet. It is generally a single couplet amongst other couplets. The couplet is named for the 20th-century American poet, Ogden Nash. Some people after a full day's work sit up all night getting a college education by correspondence, While others seem to think they'll get just as far by devoting their evenings to the study of the difference in temperament between brunettance and blondance. --- Ogden Nash from "Kindly Unhitch that Star, Buddy" a prose poem It isn't easy writing satire, then to try and compete with a renown humorist it is even more intimidating. I wrote the above description a long time ago but didn't have it in me to even attempt to write a Nasher of my own as an example. I've finally given it a try. Here is my attempt at silly satire. Famous by Judi Van Gorder When we seek praise most sumptuous we are bound to fall and feel the lumptuous. There are those complacent in their talent, then those who hone the craft most gallant. It's the first who descends into mundanity while wallowing in unearned vanity. In the second you will find persistence, it is they who will run the distance.
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