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Ogden Nash. How “the ingenuous observer“ sees much?

are known to each school student Long ago - and even each scientific woman if she to science is not deaf, -

That on light there are two types of a sin.

the First look is called the Commission Sin, and how it is simple to guess,

It consists in commission of what should not be made;

A the second look - the complete antithesis to the first, and he is called the Sin of Omission also it is considered not less heavy at all that authorities of all times - from Billey Sandi to Buddha - is clearly proved,

I it consists in non-execution of the fact that you have to do and are obliged.

In the world is a lot of joys as a hobby and Us what is not made by us cannot make happy a body, but


I though we expect from life of the benefits - to all of us just here and now them, -

U is much more than us trouble from the good acts which are not made by us, than from imperfect us bad.

So if you me ask what to do, I will tell that it is better not to sin at all, but if you happen to sin without demand, - Sin with

preferably in the first way.

the Sense is clear to

(Irina Komarova`s translation), thought familiar. But this thought with some unusual grace is suggested and it is at the same time clumsy. There is something pretending to be moralizing and something ridiculous here. And at once you will not understand - whether prose, whether verses. So only one in the world person who often called himself “the ingenuous observer“ - Ogden Nash wrote.

Ogden Nash is the American poet of the 20th century. It would seem, well here especially poetic or poetical, what all of us got used to? But Nash is the successor of the traditions - traditions of “chepukhovina“, “foolish“ rhymes for which the English poetry was famous once. And, though 30 years from the date of Ogden Nash`s death are executed, the audience of his verses grows around the world with improbable speed.

CAUTION of EVOLUTION (“A Caution To Everybody“) of

we Will take a gagara: soon to it the end -

is able to go, and to fly - is not present.

I the same will happen to the person:

Flies. And forgot to go - that

(Natalya Krofts`s translation) Ogden Frederik Nash was born

on August 19, 1902 years, died on May 19, 1971 . All life lived in the USA. Already during lifetime of it called the most known of poets - satirists. Its verses davny - sorted long ago on quotes, as well as it is necessary in the poetry filled with aphoristic statements: “If you argue with the idiot, try to make sure that he does not do the same“ . Or: “The reason of many people is located behind a door with the inscription “to“ so if you, without having noticed an inscription, begin to press on a door logic of the facts, you will achieve only that the door will be closed with the maximum density“ . (From “A coincidence of views - a great thing“).

O. Nash studied year in Harvard, but threw. Worked as the teacher at school, wrote advertizing texts. It is interesting that the company for which he wrote advertizing production in young years employed other not less famous American before - the writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald. It appears, to write advertizing texts not so harmfully.

Event Ogden Nash`s life was not especially impressive for those who look for in biographies bright episodes, destiny breaks. Work - creativity and a family - what the poet - the satirist devoted life to. It is absolutely a lot of. He loved Baltimore - the wife`s homeland, practically all life lived there.

Gradually also the success came. To it order verses to the musical “Touch of Venus“ (“One Touch of Venus“), then from the Broadway musical the movie of the same name was born. It is enough to tell that music to this movie was written by the most famous composer Kurt Weill (the author of “the Three-cheap opera“ according to Bertolt Brecht, many melodies became jazz standards from there).

Ogden Nash had a surprising understanding of laws of society, but also to this human community he treated with soft humour though satire level sometimes rose by the due striking height. The “instructive“ poem about Columbus - how you should not be a pioneer:

Once upon a time there was once one Italian calling the homeland the city of Genoa,

He above all loved sea elements, gray-haired and foamy.

Among genoeses it had a reputation for the idler, but he did not want to force events: He waited for

when there comes time to open an era of great geographical discoveries …

I Columbus told: “Show me somebody in what party at you a decline, and I will lift this instant of a sail“,

I it floated and peddled old stuff, and he was put for it in prison; He pined for

in fetters, like thunder,

I America was called in honor of Vespucci,

I sad destiny of Christopher Columbus - a lesson to all school students and all voters:

Is much quieter to be the popular writer, than the unlucky pioneer.

(Irina Komarova`s translation) of

Or - about well-wishers, “whose favourite saying - “all to the best“:

If you were comprehended by misfortune from which the shiver takes even to a vchuzha,

These people will console you in stories about those to whom, in their opinion, it is even worse.

you can flounder, becoming exhausted and choking in the rough everyday sea, -

of These types will not be broken by your trouble; they will resist in any your grief.

(Irina Komarova`s translation) of

On the one hand - describe the topical problems which already set the teeth on edge as a subject of relationship of floors:

Do not argue with the wife! Remember

- only then marry: When you are guilty

- confess,

A if is right - then shut up!

(Natalya Krofts`s translation) of


You want that desperate fight of floors gave way absolutely harmless and even pleasant a mezhdousobiya?

Then stop to create women on own image and similarity.

(Irina Komarova`s translation) of

on the other hand - the level of penetration into problems is so high that it is possible to speak about Nash - the philosopher.

And as any satirist, Ogden Nash could not pass by social problems, it is necessary to provide the poem almost entirely here:

People who have everything that it is necessary for them like to convince people who do not have fact that it is necessary for them, that they do not need it at all and that they simply exaggerate;

Personally I would bring together similar people in some ancient castle on Danube and Drakul - for a greater ostrastka would direct there on own account half-dozens.

I not against they have a lot of money, and let to themselves buy clothes and the food,

But let recognize, oh, damn, that it gives them pleasure.

Meanwhile owners of real estate

Prefer to suppress the advantages,

A those who possess palaces and chests, Consider

a duty to sigh how it is difficult to make ends meet today.

I this principle so is close to them also roads,

That practically they find the mass of suitable excuses in any everyday situation. They are always ready

to the answer:

In - the first, money are not everything, and in - the second - all the same they have no money...

Perhaps, money indeed burdens them - I allow it quite,

But then why they will not throw off this burden and will not shift it not shoulders to somebody - well, say, at least to me?

Perhaps, indeed the rich person suffers from wealth all life, the poor fellow,

But I willingly will take out moral sufferings if to me release material benefits.

The rich have misfortunes - diseases to which money gives in;

But these diseases is even more painful if your pockets are empty.

Of course, on light the mass of things which not at any price you will not buy, but answer me on conscience, my contemporary: You sometime tried to buy

them without money?

(Irina Komarova`s translation)

Ogden Nash died 40 years ago. Its verses live, are translated, published. Nash`s granddaughter went in the footsteps of the grandfather and too became the famous writer.

Any society consists including of “ingenuous observers“. And this ingenuous always have a right to express that they observe though in the intricate and difficult arranged verses though in a different way who as is able. Reasons for aphoristic statements will always and everywhere be much.