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Naming Of Parts

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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
Glistens likecoral in all the neighboring gardens,
And today 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
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N J Robson 21 November 2018
I remember this from Form IV English lessons at grammar school, mid 60s.
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Carolyn wood 08 October 2018
This poem has been in my mind for about 40 years sitting listening to our teacher explaining how the soldier preparing for was just a normal young man who loved nature but was being prepared to go to war. So moving.
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Garth Tomlinson. 02 August 2018
I was never one for poetry. I liked November and Tiger tiger, but not much else.However in Asa Briggs's book on Bletchly Park. Secrer Days. The Naming of Parts.is mentioned. Something we had to read(no pun intended) whilst starting to learn about Bren guns at the commencement of National Service in 1958.
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J. Rock 17 July 2018
This is one of those singular poems that once heard/read you never forget. Brilliant, and Reed's name lives by it. Thanks- -
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Mary Hyder 16 July 2018
Nobody has mentioned the sexual Innuendo. I can remember being very shocked when our English teache
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Peter Coleman 20 June 2018
I remember reading this poem while at school over 50 years ago; it struck a cord and I've never forgotten it.
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stephen pearson 13 March 2018
used to nice effect on a recent episode of endeavour, spoken by roger allam
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any one who has been in the infantry will recognise thescene.The men have to be occupied at all times, so drills and are repeated time after time.This is stuff he knows off by heart, so in the warmth of the garden, somewhere behind the lines, his mind wanders..we, ve all been there
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James K Bowers 31 December 2016
What a horrible reading of a beautiful poem! So stiff, robotic, unfeeling... and devoid of understanding (Punctuation marks, by the way, function the same way in this poem as it does elsewhere; line breaks are NOT punctuation.)
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Brian Jani 09 May 2014
Henry Wow I enjoyed your poem
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