||Monday, January 1, 2001
||Blind men and the elephant
||See Problem Box under Elephant for copy of poem. By John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)
Six blind men of Indostan, each touching a different part of an elephant, said:
1st: elephant's side - "It is very like a wall"
2nd: Tusk - "It is very like a spear"
3rd: Trunk - "It is very like a snake"
4th: Knee - "It is very like a tree"
5th: Ear - "It is very like a fan"
6th: Tail - "It is very like a rope"
Also see: Best loved poems of the American people R 808.81 Bes [kept at Ref desk]. p. 521
Home Book of Verse, by Burton E. Stevenson R 821.08 Ste v.1, p. 1877
www.scarbvts.demon.co.uk/bmeleph.htm (source of printout)