karl_lembke (karl_lembke) wrote,


Stolen from Eugene Volokh – I've never seen the whole poem before.
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small ‐
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!

She sends 'em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes ‐
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!

When I was sitting down with Spike and discussing how to write a paper for school, I recommended he use each of those "honest serving men" in putting it together. Ask each of those questions about the topic, and write down the answer, researching as necessary. After you've got a page or so of answers, rearrange them, and clean them up and polish them, to make a coherent essay out of them.

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