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by Ogden Nash
Behold the duck.
It does not cluck.
A cluck it lacks.
It is specially fond
Of a puddle or pond.
When it dines or sups,
It bottoms ups.
This short eight line humorous poem contains no stanza breaks. Nash uses an AABBCCDD rhyme scheme. The first four lines are concerned wit the sound a duck makes. Lines five through eight focus on where a duck lives and how it eats.
In line seven, Nash describes the duck as performing typical human activities – “dines” and “sups.”
Line eight is Nash’s punch line. Nash carries on with describing a duck’s behavior in terms typically reserved for humans. Humanity might say “bottoms up” while enjoying a drink. Nash connects line eight back to line five and reminds us that the term can mean something more literal when applied to a duck on the water.
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