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Sat, 18 Sep 2010
Henry Reed now here is a Classical Work from a classy man. He twists the good and the bad together in verse to make a wonderful poem

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Vixi duellis nuper idoneus, Et
militavi non sine gloria

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Henry Reed

Born in 1914 in Birmingham, , England on February 22ndand educated there ending up at Birmingham University, where he achieved his M.A. He was called up in 1941 and went to the Foreign Office from 1942 - 46. After his return to civvy street he became a full-time writer, but always maintained he was a slow worker.  He also worked as a freelance writer for the BBC Features Department, from 1946-1980 and made many broadcasts on books and films and enjoyed writing radio scripts on extended themes, e.g. Moby Dick. He was very fond of films, theatre and opera and for entertainment he was known to play the piano badly and for long stretches at a time.
He died on December 8th in 1986 and left some wonderful works behind. as this one listed here.... with Lessons of War, which was dedicated to Alan Michell , with these words first written by Horace:
 Vixi puellis nuper idoneus
 Et militavi non sine gloria


In which he uses the Latin (duellis-battles) instead of Horaces' (puellis-girls) to make the translation.
"I have lived recently suitable for battles, and fought not without glory."

This verse was written in 1946 as part of 
Lessons of War: 1. Naming of Parts from  A Map of Verona (Jonathan Cape, Ltd )

Many of his works are titled in any of the wikipedia

You will find the poem and a video response at  Classic Poems within:
 http://dodiesdreamworld.zoomshare.com/9.html

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