Henry Reed

(22 February 1914 - 8 December 1986 / Birmingham)

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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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  • ''And the frigid burnings of purgatory will not be touched
    By any emollient.''
    Henry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Chard Whitlow (l. 13-14). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973)...
  • ''And pray for me also under the draughty stair.
    As we get older we do not get any younger.

    And pray for Kharma under the holy mountain.''
    Henry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Chard Whitlow (l. 22-24). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973)...
  • ''And at least you know

    That maps are of time, not place, so far as the army
    Happens to be concerned—the reason being,
    Is one which need not delay us.''
    Henry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Judging Distances (l. 6-9). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford Universit...
  • 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:
    T...
    Henry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Naming of Parts (l. 20-24). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford Universit...
  • ''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.''
    Henry Reed (1914-1986), British poet. Naming of Parts (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford University ...
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