Books: Wry Sense

A PENNY SAVED IS IMPOSSIBLE by Ogden Nash Little, Brown; 144 pages; $10.95

He began life as an advertising copywriter,

An occupation that has forced discipline on many a sloppywriter.

But he soon decided that writing a new kind of elliptical verse made wry sense,

So he took out a poetic license. He bent lines and meters, provoking purists to curses,

Because when others broke the rules of prosody they produced vice and Ogden Nash produced verses.

For the Broadway musical One Touch of Venus he wrote lyrics of consummate style

(Book by S.J. Perelman, music by Kurt Weill);

Too much irony to be...

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