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VxPoem ID: 25628

Category:
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Posted: November 16th. 2006 8:16:45 AM

Views: 1303

There was a Crooked Man/As I was going to St. Ives

by Ladykelshan

Age Group: Adult



There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile.
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile.
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,
and they all lived together in a little crooked house.

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Poem - As I was going to St. Ives

As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks, each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits: kits, cats, sacks and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?

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Author's Notes: Posted by ladykelshan
11.16.2006
~~Author Unknown~~

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History:

A mention to the "Crooked House" is made in Agatha Christie's 1949 novel of the same name. The verse is too adapted in a manga by Kaori Yuki. It has been suggested that the verse refers to Charles I's regulation over England, Scotland and Ireland. Specifically, it has been suggested that the "corrupt human" whose tale is told in the verse is really Alexander Leslie, while the stile is the edge between England and Scotland, the home being a symbol of accord between the opposing forces and groups.

this is from the site.. www.rhymes.org.uk
or just look up "Old Nursery Rhymes.".it comes up better that way!
As I was going to St. Ives Rhyme
The riddle of the poem "As I was going to St. Ives"

Only one assumption can be made in the Nursery Rhyme "As I was going to St. Ives" and that is that one person was definitely going there - or was it? It , of course would depend on the direction of the people that were encountered on the way! This type of conundrum is now referred to as a logic problem in lateral thinking designed to improve the logic and deductive skills of children, and indeed, adults! (As I was going to St. Ives refers to the name of a quaint old village in
Cornwall, England) Earliest traceable publication date is 1730.


The Answer to the Riddle
Only one man was going to St.Ives!
He met the following who were
going the other way:
A man (1) with 7 wives
7 x 7 (49) sacks
7x7x7 (343) cats
7x7x7x7 (2, 401) kits
A Total of 2, 801 wives, sacks
cats and kits!


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