When people aren’t asking question
They’re making suggestions
And when they’re not doing one of those
They’re either looking over your shoulder or stepping on your toes
And then as if that weren’t enough to annoy you
They employ you.
Anybody at leisure
Incurs everybody’s displeasure.
It seems to be very irking
To people at work to see other people not working,
So they tell you taht work is wonderful medicine,
Just look at Firestone and Ford and Edison,
And they lecture you till they’re out of breath or something
And then if you don’t succumb they starve you to death or something.
All of which results in a nasty quirk:
That if you don’t want to work you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t
have to work.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Ogden Nash's poem More About People

6 Comments

  1. Rohit Bhandari says:

    poet is a frustrated man who has work a lot and experience from his attend frustration. and this poem is telling about the conduct of different people in capitalism. without money life of unemployed person is nth other than waste.to fulfill the demands and ambition of ours we should work to earn money.

  2. kunal narang says:

    More About People is a satire.It’s a funny poem.Ogden Nash is known for his his funny works and this one of his best.

  3. Anonymous (Viper) says:

    Actually, he passed away. 🙁

    1902-1971

  4. Ben says:

    This is a satire of our workaholic society, and a rather good one at that.
    To comment on the other comments, though I am loathe to do so, :
    1: There is no single interpretation of a poem and it is obvious you are looking for someone to do your homework for you
    2: Is almost unintelligable. Also, Ogden Nash wrote the poem, but did not post it on this site, so I doubt he will ever see that comment. Perhaps that is a blessing for him.

  5. David Maushund says:

    I liked yore poem so much if you wood rihte me bake i a presheat it

  6. Rosa says:

    Does anyone know the Interpretation of the poem “All About People” including Literary device

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