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  • The Death Of A Ball Turret Gunner Analysis

    There are three elements employed by Randall Jarrell in his poem, “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,” which illustrate the cycle of life and death of the gunner. The utilization of rhythm, use of imagery, and sequencing of events profoundly impact the development of the theme which conveys sending young people to fight a war is essentially ending life before it begins. Understanding these elements allows readers to grasp the troublesome concept of death through warfare in just five short lines. Jarrell writes the poem without a fixed structure of rhythm or rhyme. Composing strict metrical patterns or rhyme schemes would not accurately imitate the unpredictability and disorder of battle. Instead, the chaotic structure of the poem depicts the frenzied nature of warfare, evidenced by the lack of a linear feature to the poem. Nevertheless, this poem does contain meaningful cadences. The author utilizes the metrical elements of partial and full rhyme, as well as assonance, in order to add a deeper meaning to the imagery within and create a natural cadence which draws readers in as in the case of “black/flak, hose/froze, and nightmare/fighters” (2-5). These elements emphasize the distinct aspects of the gunner’s life and how…

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  • Ball Turret Gunner Imagery

    This poem is just what it sounds like, it is about the commitment of a young man to the war and his death while fighting as a ball turret gunner. After his death he narrates his time in the war and from the very first line of the poem he says, “From my mother’s sleep I fell into the State”(92). When we read this line we cannot help but imagine the lifeless body of a man that once wanted nothing more than to fight for his country. As we think about this we also start to wonder about our…

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  • Ball Turret Gunner Paraphrase

    In “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner,” the usage of metaphors and imagery throughout Jarrell’s poem helps the reader understand the overall theme of how war can cause death and wreak havoc in a young person, how can be a struggle for the soldier’s family, and how disappointing it is when a man doesn’t reach his full potential in life because of being forced to go to war. Jarrell uses key words throughout his poem to show us how war can be a terrible thing, especially for the young people…

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  • Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner Analysis

    how should one respond to matters of life or death? In these poems “Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” many may ask themselves these questions concerning life or death during war. There are many emotions involved when discussing any war. There are many states who have benefited from wars, and some who have suffered from wars. There are people who have lost their lives on the battlefield and honored as heroes. Some people see this as a senseless death versus being…

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  • Themes In 'Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner'

    Rather than openly express his feelings, the author uses imagery and aerial technology knowledge to define the impact he saw of the war, such as “I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. / When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose” (4-5). The imagery Jarrell used here allows for the reader to imagine the shallowness of war through the fact that the gunner was shown as just a weapon that was destroyed and then “washed out”. Similarly, Yeats describes his relationships with…

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  • The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner Analysis

    The author may have written a piece of literature that reflects their own message, but readers may define the text in their own way. Formalism gives the author’s readers a chance to make his or hers own connections between literature and his or hers life. Authors often relate their literature to their own life experience. Although reading into a biography of an author hits one limitation of formalism, it helps readers better their understanding of the message in the text. In the poem, “ The…

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  • Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner By Wilfred Owen Analysis

    Political opinions are often shared on Facebook. With just a quick scroll through your newsfeed, it is easy to see that social media is a common outlet for political spam. Where did people express political views before social media? They used other forms of media. Through television, prose, theatre, art and poetry, individuals have cemented their names and opinions into history. “Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” by Randall Jarrell and “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen are selections of…

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  • Pessimism In Wilfred Owen's Dulce Et Decorum Est

    With an unusual narrator, a dead ball turret gunner, the poem describes what could be known as the final thoughts of the gunner and his comment on his gruesome death. Straightforward with his words, Jarrell does not spare his readers from the horrid experience of being a ball turret gunner and what horrors he has to face. Furthermore, Jarrell’s use of double entendre between the ball turret gunner and abortion points out the atrociousness of war in graphic manner. Throughout the poem, Jarrell…

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  • Analysis Of Duce Et Decorum Est And Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner

    meaning to die for one’s country. It was written during the World War 1 by Wilfred Owen in the 1920’s. The poem is known for its terrible imagery and denunciation of war. Also, the poem describes how sweet and honourable it is to die for one’s country. The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner is a five- line poem written by Randall Jarrell and published in the year 1945. The poem talks about the passing of a gunner during the Second World War in a Sperry ball turret in an American bomber aircraft.…

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  • My Wiffle Ball Game

    Our daily wiffle ball game was about to start. There was a wiffle ball game every evening behind the apartment complex I lived in. The game was played in a luscious green grass field with a monstrous hill in left field. The usual squad was myself, Ricky, Justin, Michael, Jonathon, Latrell, and occasionally Greg but his parents usually make him stay inside and play monopoly or some other dumb board game. Our teams were always different from the last game. This time I was teamed up with Ricky and…

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