This is Going to Hurt Just a Little Bit is a humorous poem filled with exaggerated expressions, surprising puns and metaphors. In it, Ogden Nash describes humorously the mental and physical pain he experienced, while sitting in a dentist’s chair.
Notes on ‘This is Going to Hurt Just a Little Bit’
“And this, O Fate, is I think the most vicious circle that thou ever sentest.” (From “This is Going to Hurt just a Little Bit.”)
Explain the message communicated through this line.
- Do you think humour sometimes becomes bitter and malicious? Write your answer keeping in view the humour in the poem, “This is Going to Hurt Just a Little Bit.”
- Write a paragraph about instances of exaggeration you feel in the poem, “This is Going to Hurt a Little Bit.”
- Compare the poem I Ate a Spicy Pepper with ‘This is Going to Hurt Just a Little’ and write a brief note of appreciation.
- Bring out the humour in the title “This is Going to Hurt Just a Little Bit” by Ogden Nash.
- The experience of Ogden Nash is given below. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate adjectives / adjective clauses.
Ogden Nash (who apprehensively, who was apprehensive, whose apprehension) of pain came to the dentist. He was having a (harsh, desperate, rotten) tooth. The doctor applied an anesthetic (which quickly numbs, who quickly numbs, that numbness) the gum. The dentist (who was mainly, who was skilful, who was experimental) quickly pulled out his tooth.