Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
October 14th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 298,706 comments.
Analysis and comments on Last Night I Saw Upon the Stair by Ogden Nash

1 2 3 [4]

Comment 9 of 39, added on June 8th, 2007 at 10:25 PM.

has anyone seen the movie identity with john cusac???? watch it then tell
me if this poem reminds you of anything

bre from United States
Comment 8 of 39, added on January 17th, 2006 at 10:20 PM.

Thought I'd add this which I saw upon a wall almost washed away :
Today I climbed a stairand saw a man who was not there
I climbed the stair again today
I wish, i wish
he go away

I also found another site with posts and theres so many versions!

Teri from United States
Comment 7 of 39, added on January 17th, 2006 at 9:56 PM.

Who is this man upon a stair? A stair means what, please can anyone help
me out I dare!

Teri from United States
Comment 6 of 39, added on October 24th, 2005 at 7:59 AM.

Is direct plagiarisation of Hughes Mearns' poem, apart from a couple of
exclamation marks. Shame on him.

M. Taylor from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 39, added on September 7th, 2005 at 12:39 PM.

This poem is a blatant plagiarism of one by Hughes Mearns (1875-1965)

Antigonish (1899)

As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn't there!
He wasn't there again today!
I wish, I wish he'd stay away!

Dale C. Ferguson from United States
Comment 4 of 39, added on January 10th, 2005 at 9:23 AM.

his poems are very good i loved them all well all the ones that i seen

megan hammer from United States
Comment 3 of 39, added on December 15th, 2004 at 6:29 PM.

cool!!! LLLLLOVVVVVVVE I!!!!!!!!!!!!!

caitlynn from United States
Comment 2 of 39, added on November 22nd, 2004 at 1:33 AM.

Hi David...that was pretty cool....

Harish Somayaji from India
Comment 1 of 39, added on November 14th, 2004 at 1:02 AM.

I am that man upon the stair
The man at whom you stand and stare
Your conscience pricks
And makes you glare
Yet I am here
And you are there
You live your life
I haunt these rooms
For you the sunlight
For me these tombs
Record not
Your mind doeth hold
Of evil doings
And slashes bold
Where once you held me dear as friend
T’was you who brought my grisly end

So if you wish me to go away
‘Tis a penance you shall pay
To see me on this stair each day
‘Til end of time,
til you go away.

David McArthur from Australia

This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 2 3 [4]
Share |

Information about Last Night I Saw Upon the Stair

Poet: Ogden Nash
Poem: Last Night I Saw Upon the Stair
Added: Dec 31 2003
Viewed: 17687 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 31 2005

Add Comment

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.

Do not post questions, pleas for homework help or anything of the sort, as these types of comments will be removed. The proper place for questions is the poetry forum.

Please note that after you post a comment, it can take up to an hour before it is visible on the website! Rest assured that your comment is not lost, so don't enter your comment again.

Comment on: Last Night I Saw Upon the Stair
By: Ogden Nash

Name: (required)
E-mail Address: (required)
Show E-mail Address:
Yes No
Poem Comments:

Poem Info

Nash Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links