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Naming of Parts
Transcript of Naming of Parts
Poem by Henry Reed The Speaker Who is the speaker in this poem?
The speaker of this poem is a beginner soldier who is being taught how to use a rifle professionally.
How does the Speaker feel about war?
Throughout the whole poem, the student has not been paying attention in class. Instead he has been looking out of the classroom window and noticing all the signs of spring. This shows that he is clearly going to miss normal life and normal beauty when he actually goes to war. Tone and Theme The tone of this poem is ...
Mostly dark and gloomy because of all the mentions of war but also naive because the young soldier is more focused on the outside war rather than the dangers of war.
The theme of the poem is ...
talking about how cruel and unnatural the war is. Even if the soldiers are on the side that is fighting for something that you feel is wrong, the author is trying to portray that even they are just human beings and war affects them, their families, and their country the same way a war would affect you, your families, or your country. Mood This poem made our group feel ...
Bad for the young soldier. He doesn't know what he is getting into by committing to joining the war. He probably doesn't realize that he really should be focusing on how to survive this war rather than the world around him. We also felt that the boy was doing the right thing because after joining the war there would be a very little chance of surviving to ever see the world again and if there was a time to enjoy it, the time would be now while he's still alive. Even if he did survive the war, it would scar him and it would mentally mess him up and the simple things in the world would probably not give him as much pleasure as it would now. Summary and Ideas Summary ...
This poem is about a recently drafted soldier that is being put through basic training. Today, they are learning how to put together the rifle and what each part is called, but all this one soldiers can think of is relating the names of the parts of spring when he was back home, having a normal life.
Related to today ...
These ideas apply to today because this is just how children act in school, they are hearing the lessons, but all they are thinking about what they are going to do after school. The poem ... To-day we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And to-morrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But to-day,
To-day we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens like coral in all of the neighboring gardens,
And to-day we have naming of parts.
This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got. This is the safety-catch, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms
Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
Any of them using their finger.
And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring.
They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,
And the breech, and the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,
Which in our case we have not got; and the almond-blossom
Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,
For to-day we have naming of parts.