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, Louis MacNeice and Walter Allen. He went on to study for an MA and then worked as a teacher and journalist. He was called up to the Army in 1941, spending most of the war as a Japanese translator.
After the war he worked for the BBC as a radio broadcaster and playwright, where his most memorable set of productions was the ... more »
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- Naming of Parts
- Lessons of the War
- Judging Distances
- The Door and the Window
- The Auction Sale
- Chard Whitlow
- Unarmed Combat
- Psychological Warfare
- Returning of Issue
- A Map of Verona
- Sailor's Harbor
- Movement of Bodies
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''And the frigid burnings of purgatory will not be touchedHenry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Chard Whitlow (l. 13-14). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973)...
By any emollient.''
''And pray for me also under the draughty stair.Henry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Chard Whitlow (l. 22-24). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973)...
As we get older we do not get any younger.
And pray for Kharma under the holy mountain.''
''And at least you knowHenry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Judging Distances (l. 6-9). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford Universit...
That maps are of time, not place, so far as the army
Happens to be concernedthe reason being,
Is one which need not delay us.''
We can slide itHenry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Naming of Parts (l. 20-24). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford Universit...
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
''Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,Henry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Naming of Parts (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford University ...
We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But today,
Today we have naming of parts.''
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