“Today we have naming of parts”. In the poem “Naming of parts” written by Henry Reed, the author uses subtle text to get his message across. The poem could be interpreted two ways; one way is that the poem depicts a group of military recruits receiving a lecture from their head officer on guns and how to use them. Another interpretation of this poem could be about love making, and what young men should be doing with their parts. In the spring they should be learning what to do; and enjoy them selves. Young men have a vital role in this poem, through learning about guns and the birds and the bees, this is helped by the many interruptions that help realize this idea.
The men are a vital role in the poem, as the general, uses his military background to help guide and train the “privates” he also distinguishes the role that the men will have to play later on with after the war is done and over with. To help realize this idea it is developed through the speaker, imagery and irony
The poem could be interpreted in two ways, there are two speakers, 1 persona speaking and the second person is who their speaking to. Throughout the poem the speakers change from verse to verse. In the second stanza: “This is the lower sling swivel. And this/ Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see, /When you are given your slings”. This could be a direct comparison of a general talking to his troops and discussing the parts of the rifle. The general could have two motifs for discussing the rifle; one could be that he must train his troops or “privates” for battle. The next could be, after the war is done and over, many of the troops would’ve been killed in battle and the population would be significantly lower. As this poem was written in 1946 I thought of the baby boomer generation and how those young privates that were in the war would return home; and as they would be returning home they would think about what the general had said and find a woman and start a family.
As the author continues on in his other verses, we see that imagery plays a vital role in this poem. “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”. Noticeably the author Henry Reed uses nature...