Tutor.com Literary Analysis Session

Jan. 23, 2014

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Session Transcript - English - Literature, 1/23/2014 12:39AM - Tutor.comSession Date: 1/23/2014 12:39AM
Length: 48.4 minute(s)
Subject: English - Literature


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Aaron (Customer)
[00:00:00] Hi, I need help with analyzing a poem called "The Naming of Parts" by Henry Reed.

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:00:14] Hi. Welcome to tutor.com . How're you today?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:00:25] Hi there!

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:00:47] One second so I can look up the poem, okay?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:00:54] Okay.
[00:00:56] :)

[00:01:20] URL > http://www.solearabiantree.net/namingofparts/namingofparts.html
[00:01:24] Is that the poem?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:01:35] Yes that's the one.

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:01:46] Okay. Give me a minute to read over it.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:02:40] Can you also explain a little bit about the poem? I'm somewhat confused.

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:03:11] Sure thing.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:03:44] Thank you!
[00:04:09] It will help me answer the questions my teacher assigned me :)

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:05:00] The poems seems to be told by an officer who is instructing new soldiers on the working components of their guns. The tone is dry and very factual.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:06:15] So he's just directing the soldiers to familiarize themselves with certain things?

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:06:56] Yea, it seems that way.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:07:11] What is the situation here? :)

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:07:59] What are the questions that your teacher assigned?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:08:28] 1. What basic contrasts are represented by the trainees and the gardens?
[00:08:52] 3. What is it that trainees "have not got"? What different meanings have the phrases "easing the spring" and "point of balance"?
[00:08:59] I meant to type #2
[00:09:25] 3. What differences in language and rhythm do you find between the lines that involve the "naming of parts" and those that describe the gardens?
[00:09:45] 4. Does the repetition of certain phrases throughout the poem have any special function? What does it accomplish?
[00:09:58] 5. What statement does the poem make about war as it affects men and their lives?

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:10:30] Okay. So we might not be able to cover all those questions, so let's get started and cover as many as we can during our session.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:10:39] That's absolutely fine!
[00:10:40] :)

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:11:04] SO, question 1. What contrasts are represented?
[00:11:37] Think about what the (let's call him) the head officer is trying to teach them, and what they're think about.
[00:12:11] Do they seem focused on his instructions about guns?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:12:34] I think so.
[00:13:17] So the trainees don't have "silent, eloquent gestures"

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:13:41] The seem focused to you? While he's talking about guns, they're thinking about gardens.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:14:10] Is it because he keeps referencing the gardens?

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:15:02] The stanzas are divided into two parts, the first part is the officer speaking about guns, and the second part of each stanza is what the recruits are thinkig.
[00:15:29] So they're actually 2 people in the poem: head officer and recruits

Aaron (Customer)
[00:15:46] The POV of the recruits start when the word "We" appears, right?

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:16:10] Which stanza?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:16:29] "Which in our case we have not got"

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:16:33] In stanza 1, it starts with "Japanica"
[00:16:56] In stanza 2: "The branches..."
[00:17:13] Stanza 3: "The blossoms..."

Aaron (Customer)
[00:17:30] "And rapidly backwards and forwards"

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:17:47] Yep
[00:18:16] 5: "which in our case..."
[00:19:57] So, question one: That basic contrasts are represented by the trainees and the gardens?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:21:45] I'm stuck on this one.

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:21:58] What about death vs. life.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:22:19] The gardens are lively while they are not?

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:22:38] The trainees are learning about their "instruments of death" but they're think about the beautiful gardens...giver of life
[00:22:45] Yea, something like that.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:23:09] Are there any other contrasts present besides life vs death?

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:24:57] matter of fact, uninteresting, repetitive, unchanging vs. beauty, constant change, new, lively
[00:25:28] Do you think you have enough for question 1?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:25:31] I'll include those! :)
[00:25:31] Yes

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:25:43] Okay. Let's work on the second one.
[00:25:57] Part one: "What is it that trainees "have not got"? "

Aaron (Customer)
[00:26:22] "silent, eloquent gestures"
[00:26:46] "piling swivel"

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:27:04] Yea, you could also say "slings and piling swivel"
[00:27:20] I would think both are correct.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:27:26] And "point of balance"?
[00:27:39] Does that phrase refer to how well they can aim?

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:27:52] What stanza?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:28:05] 5th stanza

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:28:34] I think it refers to a specific thing on the gun.
[00:29:26] Is this the full question for part 2 of question 2: "What different meanings have the phrases "easing the spring" and "point of balance"?"
[00:29:34] It seems awkwardly worded...

Aaron (Customer)
[00:29:49] Yes that's it.
[00:29:58] I felt like that when I was typing it.

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:30:13] What do you think easing the spring means?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:30:53] Isn't it also referring to a part of the gun?

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:31:36] Well in stanza 4, it's referred to as an action.
[00:32:42] Oh, yea. It is a part of the gun.
[00:33:04] The spring is, easing the spring is still an action

Aaron (Customer)
[00:33:49] What does that mean?

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:36:12] Hmm, I think in order for the recruits to check their weapons or open the breech, they'd have to ease the spring.
[00:36:23] I'm not entirely sure about that though.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:36:43] I think I'll go with that.
[00:36:52] This poem is so confusing. :(

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:37:33] I think it's the terms used. I'm not familiar with gun terminology, so it's a bit difficult to interpret.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:37:43] Yes, me too.
[00:38:12] So I think I'll say that "easing the spring" is an action and I'll define it.
[00:38:20] I'm not quite sure about "point of balance" though.

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:38:58] Okay. Let's work on that part of the question then wrap our session up.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:39:18] OK :)

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:39:27] Since we won't get a chance to cover all the questions, if you need more help, I'd suggest re-logging with another tutor to continue on.
[00:39:34] So, point of balance?
[00:39:41] Have any ideas on what it could mean?
[00:41:17] It seems to be a location on the rifle.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:41:53] "balance"
[00:41:57] Would that mean there's something equal..

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:42:03] But what other meanings could it have?
[00:42:28] Or something that makes it stable.
[00:43:13] But also, does nature seem balanced? Do the trainees seem balanced?
[00:43:29] I think that question also wants you to think of metaphoric meanings as well.

Aaron (Customer)
[00:43:54] I don't think the trainees are balanced.

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:44:21] I agree. The might see it in nature, but they themselves lack it.
[00:45:40] Do you think we've come up with a sufficient answer for question 2?

Aaron (Customer)
[00:46:11] Yeah, I think this is enough.

Deanna T (Tutor)
[00:46:21] Alright.
[00:46:35] Definitely log back on if you need further assistance with the other questions.
[00:46:48] Good luck with them.
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