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The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

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Transcript of The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

Randall Jarrell Born 1914 in Nashville Tennessee

Graduated from Vanderbilt University

Member of the Fugitives Group

Died in 1965 Literary Elements

From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from the dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose. Each Line is a Separate Thought.
Written Conversationally
Only Rhyme is "froze" and "hose"
Some Alliteration and Internal Rhyme Final Thoughts...

Themes: Abortion and the Horrors of War Bibliography:

Randall Jarrell - Poems and Biography by AmericanPoems.com ." American Poems - YOUR Poetry Site . N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. <http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/Randall-Jarrell>.

" Randall Jarrell, "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" ." Homepages at WMU. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2011. <http://homepages.wmich.edu/~

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by Randall Jarrell

From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from the dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose. "A ball turret was a Plexiglas sphere set into the belly of a B-17 or B-24, and inhabited by two .50 caliber machine-guns and one man, a short small man. When this gunner tracked with his machine guns a fighter attacking his bomber from below, he revolved with the turret; hunched upside-down in his little sphere, he looked like the foetus in the womb. The fighters which attacked him were armed with cannon firing explosive shells. The hose was a steam hose." -- Jarrell's note.
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