There was a young belle of old Natchez
Whose garments were always in patchez.
When comment arose
On the state of her clothes,
She replied, When Ah itchez, Ah scratchez.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Ogden Nash's poem Requiem


  1. Willie says:

    No! “Requiem” does not mean death. It means “rest”.

  2. Sarah jenkins says:

    I really like this poem, and many others by Nash, as they use words that don’t really exist, but sound like ones that do, and still rhyme! I also like the fact that the poem is called ‘requiem’ when it means ‘death’ in Latin. Full marks for randomness!!

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