Treasure Island

Henry Reed

(22 February 1914 - 8 December 1986 / Birmingham)

Previous Month October 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
Modern Poem of The Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

Naming of Parts


Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But today,
........................
........................
read full text »


Do you like this poem?
3 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Comments about this poem (Naming of Parts by Henry Reed )

Enter the verification code :

  • Ian Fraser (3/2/2009 9:04:00 PM)

    A handful of poets are remembered mainly because of one single, perfect poem. It's too simple to require much comment, but perfectly contrasts the boredom and meaninglessness of much that is everyday life - in this case basic military training - with the wonders of nature and the imagination. Usually - as here - the former wins. In my Top 50. (Report) Reply

  • Kiana Moradkhani (12/10/2008 12:44:00 AM)

    This is a beautiful war poem in which the cruelty of war in the foreground comes in contrast with the beauty and fragility of nature in the background. It depicts while the nature is reviving and grolifying in spring, humanbeing is thinking of nothing but killing and destructing life which is really shameful. And in my opinion, the bigger tragedy is when you realize that this poem does not just belong to World War II, the time in which the poem is written. Yet you see the same blood thirstiness in man nowadays everywhere in the world. But its form has changed a little bit and no more. By the way, this poem is a perfect example for juxtaposition. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Shepherd (4/29/2006 4:41:00 AM)

    I remember hearing Reed reading this poem, and it was in the same voice throughout; he is recounting the instruction he had learned by heart as part of the day's events. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Lester (4/10/2006 5:16:00 AM)

    I can see why you'd feel that, Francois, but the omission of italics or inverted commas here was very deliberate on Reed's part, and I feel it does highlight the unsettling sense of where the boundaries between 'nature' and 'culture' are to be drawn.Also, I recall hearing Reed say that when the poem is recited he intended that it should be without any change in the speaking voice to signal difference of character. (Report) Reply

  • Francois Francois (6/20/2005 1:03:00 PM)

    This peom is a dialogue between a recruit and an instructor. Utterances of one or the other should be italicised to make this more apparent. (Report) Reply

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Birth is a bubble burst with death., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  2. Not love alone, hasmukh amathalal
  3. The friends, gajanan mishra
  4. Elegy: In Coherent Light, Anne Stevenson
  5. Elegy, Anne Stevenson
  6. I feel her, hasmukh amathalal
  7. Call a day, hasmukh amathalal
  8. Feeling Free Within, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. ELAINE'S CONFUSION, Terry Collett
  10. *X*- To Love, Leslie Guylee Cron

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Lord Tennyson

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]