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Quinn English Naming of Parts Henry Reeds poem Naming of Parts is the definition of ambiguity His work must be looked overcarefully and interpreted every which way before the reader can start to see all of the different possible meanings this poem may contain The speakers are not the only ones who are asked to name parts Reed leaves it up to us to uncover the names or the intended meanings to the words he carefully chose to depict his poem There are two voices in this poem one being the straight forward instructions of a drill sergeant and the other the inner voice of a young intelligent private in boot camp The young man is processing the information he is being told and then discovering the irony behind the task Reeds poem depicts a young man coming to the realization of the never ending cycle that is war They are the new crop of young men learning how to be soldiers and in a sense being sent to their death The young man marvels at how the other men go about their duty without hesitation and stand there silent listening to their Drill Sergeant plainly teaching them how to be able to kill other people rapidly Reed cleverly ameliorates his poem by using poetic devices such as imagery symbols verbal irony repetition and speaker The poem begins with the drill instructor telling the young men what they have completed and what is to be completed in that day and the next Preceding learning the parts of the gun the soldiers cleaned their weapons and after that they will be firing the gun The instructor teaches the young men the names to the parts of the gun that they hold before them From the safety lock to firing pin All of the men stand silently listening to the sergeant In the midst of the drill instructors
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