Henry Reed

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Henry Reed was a British poet, translator, radio dramatist and journalist.

He was born in Birmingham and educated at King Edward VI School, Aston, followed by the University of Birmingham. At university he associated with W. H. Auden, L ...
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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,
Today we have naming of parts. Japonica
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2.
Lessons Of The War
To Alan Michell

Vixi duellis nuper idoneus
Et militavi non sine gloria

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3.
Judging Distances
Not only how far away, but the way that you say it
Is very important. Perhaps You may never get
The knack of judging a distance, but at least you know
How to report on a landscape: the central sector,
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4.
The Auction Sale
Within the great grey flapping tent
The damp crowd stood or stamped about;
And some came in, and some went out
To drink the moist November air;
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5.
The Door And The Window
My love, you are timely come, let me lie by your heart.
For waking in the dark this morning, I woke to that mystery,
Which we can all wake to, at some dark time or another:
Waking to find the room not as I thought it was,
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Patricia 15 November 2018
A man gifted with the ability to wring from words pain and irony, he places us in the mind of the leader and the led in wartime; but he also masterfully describes reveries of lovers! Read one poem I remembered as Japonica to my students more than 50 years ago, and have never forgotten it.
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