Whales have calves,
Cats have kittens,
Bears have cubs,
Bats have bittens,
Swans have cygnets,
Seals have puppies,
But guppies just have little guppies.

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


  1. brittany says:

    i really liked your poem. youwrite good poems. this is the best poems i have read so far and i really like this poem.

  2. Gloria says:

    I always include this in a poetry reading. The light-heartedness and irony help “seal the deal”, especially after some more serious pieces. I usually close with this poem–always leave ’em laughing. Thanks Ogden Nash! (I memorized this the first time I read it in 7th grade.)

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