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?
>> Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,>> How many were going to St. Ives?NONE. The man with the wives was going the other way, which is why the speaker met him. So, of 'kits, cats, sacks and wives', none were going to St. Ives. And thank God, because it's already too crowded!!
Just one, the man going to St. Ives
was the person speacking the poem going too? and where they different from "a man"