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?