Henry Reed, "Naming of Parts"

1. Who is the speaker (or who are the speakers) in the poem, and what is the situation? Discussion.
2. What basic contrasts are represented by the trainees and by the gardens? Discussion.
3. What is it that the trainees "have not got" (28)?

How many meanings have the phrases "easing the Spring" (22) and "point of balance" (27)?


4. What differences in language and rhythm do you find between the lines that involve the "naming of parts" and those that describe the gardens? Discussion.


Does the repetition of certain phrases throughout the poem have any special function or does it merely create a kind of refrain?

What statement does the poem make about war as it affects men and their lives?