John Godfrey Saxe

(1816-1887 / the United States)

The Blind Man And The Elephant - Poem by John Godfrey Saxe

It was six men of Indostan, to learning much inclined,
who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind),
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Comments about The Blind Man And The Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe

  • (6/20/2018 6:19:00 AM)


    this poem is very good i like this poem... (Report) Reply

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  • (6/18/2018 5:33:00 PM)


    did anyone get a correct answer (Report) Reply

  • (6/10/2018 4:06:00 AM)


    did anyone among the blind men give the correct answer? why or why not? (Report) Reply

  • (6/6/2018 6:10:00 AM)


    What is the message of the poem (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2018 5:16:00 AM)


    Please explain the 4th and 5th stanza (Report) Reply

  • (5/26/2018 5:06:00 AM)


    plese expain the stanza 8th (Report) Reply

    (6/3/2018 1:03:00 PM)

    The six men argued for a long time and spoke loudly of what they had experienced of the piece of the elephant they encountered.
    They would not listen, or try to understand, how the others had experienced the elephant.
    As a result each had a part of the truth but, because they would not listen or attempt to understand the others, none actually knew what a whole elephant was really like.

  • (4/13/2018 10:46:00 PM)


    I like it so much (Report) Reply

  • (3/24/2018 10:18:00 PM)


    My favorite philosophical poem! (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (11/18/2015 1:23:00 AM)


    First Encounter With Elephants For Blind Eyes

    the moral of the famous fable right
    tale 'the blind man and the elephant'
    is clear to see when eyes contrast
    other senses with perception sight...

    the eye sees knows with clarity
    all objects identified in memory
    but blind both orbs of prime identity
    clarification and enter strange mystery...

    will touch be first accurate measure yardstick?
    will ears hear identify absolutely no sound quick?
    what strange tales will smell to new fragrance tell?
    what blind taste tests would rapidly condemn to hell?

    Clever humorous and entertaining bold
    lies a wonderful poem for young and old
    especially children; this famous tale has
    more versions than cats have nine lives...

    but the moral should be when blind
    examine the entire animal for detail and
    consider all the facts figure all angles
    knowing no memory aids not blind eyes...


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'The Blind Man And The Elephant' by John Godfrey Saxe.
    (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (9/20/2015 4:39:00 PM)


    Clever humorous and entertaining, a wonderful poem for young and old, especially children; this famous tale has more versions than cats have lives, but the moral should be when blind examine the entire animal for detail and consider all the facts. (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (9/20/2015 1:28:00 PM)


    The reading of this text
    is clear
    for all to see
    Two covers have a book
    opinions are thus worthless
    if there not within your reach.. iip
    (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/20/2015 12:27:00 PM)


    This story is part of the Indian folklore and is enjoyed by all- young or old. The poetic representation has an added flavour. Unless we adopt a holistic approach, we cannot understand any concept or a theory or a reality. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Seema Jayaraman (9/20/2015 12:21:00 PM)


    Wow so beautifully and artistically crafted...the act of observation can be penned with so many words and in so many ways...well thought out and laid out (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (9/20/2015 11:52:00 AM)


    This is a great poem that shows how people can interpret things in different ways when each of them has only part of the truth. I first read it many years ago and it has always been one of my favorites.
    However, the title is wrong. It should be 'The blind MEN and the elephant'.
    (Report) Reply

    (3/16/2018 2:22:00 AM)

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  • Savita Tyagi (9/20/2015 11:25:00 AM)


    Enjoyed this poetic version of famous Indian lore used about inability of any spiritual thought or claims of knowing the Supreme truth. What we all see or know is partial truth never the whole truth. (Report) Reply

  • (9/20/2015 1:47:00 AM)


    Marvelously rhymed. Beautiful poem throwing light on limitations in a symbolic way. I enjoyed reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Pagdati (9/20/2015 12:51:00 AM)


    A lovely poem! ! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you (Report) Reply










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