John Godfrey Saxe

the United States
John Godfrey Saxe
the United States
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The Blind Man And The Elephant

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It was six men of Indostan, to learning much inclined,
who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind),
that each by observation, might satisfy his mind.

The first approached the elephant, and, happening to fall,
against his broad and sturdy side, at once began to bawl:
'God bless me! but the elephant, is nothing but a wall!'

The second feeling of the tusk, cried: 'Ho! what have we here,
so very round and smooth and sharp? To me tis mighty clear,
this wonder of an elephant, is very like a spear!'

The third approached the animal, and, happening to take,
the squirming trunk within his hands, 'I see,' quoth he,
the elephant is very like a snake!'

The fourth reached out his eager hand, and felt about the knee:
'What most this wondrous beast is like, is mighty plain,' quoth he;
'Tis clear enough the elephant is very like a tree.'

The fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, Said; 'E'en the blindest man
can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an elephant, is very like a fan!'

The sixth no sooner had begun, about the beast to grope,
than, seizing on the swinging tail, that fell within his scope,
'I see,' quothe he, 'the elephant is very like a rope!'

And so these men of Indostan, disputed loud and long,
each in his own opinion, exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong!

So, oft in theologic wars, the disputants, I ween,
tread on in utter ignorance, of what each other mean,
and prate about the elephant, not one of them has seen!
Jaydon 06 April 2021
Thought provoking! WE are the blind men until God opens our eyes.
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Liam 19 March 2021
I love the book so much
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Tirtha 13 March 2021
there was a solution in the original story...Faith is not blind; there is seeing faith also! ! ! !
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Tirtha 13 March 2021
The ending was a complete let-down. In the original story taken from an old Indian story,
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Janvi 29 September 2020
Please tell the poetic device in this poem and in which stanza
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Bijay Kant Dubey 22 June 2020
John Godfrey Saxe, Had he come to Indostan He too would have enjoyed An elephant ride With the Indian mahout.
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XxZero29NineteenxX 01 September 2019
I thought it was good
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moomoocow22 04 June 2019
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