My friends all know that I am shy,
But the chipmunk is twice and shy and I.
He moves with flickering indecision
Like stripes across the television.
He’s like the shadow of a cloud,
Or Emily Dickinson read aloud.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Ogden Nash's poem The Chipmunk


  1. art chapman says:

    I find it so distasteful when art such as this can’t be simply shared for the greater good. What creep made this ruling to the detriment of the many who love the art of poetry?

  2. Dr. Charles Berkoff says:

    I’m doing some literature research on the chipmunk. As a long-time admirer of Ogden Nash, I would dearly love to read his poem on the subject.

    Many thanks.

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