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Analysis Of The Poem Naming Of Parts By Henry Reed

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Henry Reed’s “Naming of Parts” is a well known poem that displays the important and critical use of diction and tone words within written pieces.Throughout the short poem there is only one speaker, however audiences and readers tend to believe that there are two. “Naming of Parts” is sectioned off into two main parts, the rifle instructor training and a perceptive individual enticed by the Japanese gardens, both deal with (as the title suggests) naming of parts. The rifle instructor has a rather firm and authoritative tone. He possess a stronger word choice and his syntax is rather short, choppy, and clean, non descriptive. The instructor begins the poem by stating that “Yesterday, we had cleaning. And tomorrow morning, we still have to do firing.” This perspective of the narrator is very official like and distant, he’s rather witty and dry. This part of the narrator tends to be more direct and straightforward. One can imagine him holding the rifle high, showing his students and pointing at all the parts of the rifle such as the slower sling swivel, the upper sling swivel, the piling swivel, the safety catch, etc.…show more content…
He uses and manipulates his diction and syntax to paint his audience a picture and provide them with a visual of how truly beautiful and breath-taking the Japanese gardens are. He continues the poem with sentences like “Japonica glistens like coral, in neighboring gardens,”. This part of the narrator shows his softer side by letting himself be so touched and amazed by the beauty of nature. The way in which he manipulates words makes the audience picture and feel as though they are with him in the garden. Line and phrases like “The branches hold in the garden, their silent, eloquent gestures, which in our case we have not got” and “The early bees are assaulting and fumbling flowers.” uses some of the sensory words to take his audience on a
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