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    the soldier’s tragic death, literally down to how his body was removed from the machinery he was working with. While the commentary isn’t quite as in one’s face, there is still a clear enough image presented that death in war may be honorable to many, but that doesn’t mean it is any less painful or messy. Randall Jarrell had his own unique perspective on this having been in both the Army Air Corps and the regular Army, the first of which he joined in 1942, the same year that he published his first book of poems (Academy of American Poets, 2016.) From his own experience, Jarrell was able to make his speaker take on his actual title, soldier, as a proper role, much like it would play out on a film screen: the young man, fighting for his country, and dying in the blood and mud, washed away by hose and into the battlefield, all honor and pain in one…

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    "Dulce et Decorum est" is a Latin titled poem 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…

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    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…

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    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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    Following World War I, the most popular literary genre across the world was post-war (Steere). Many authors of this time focused on the sadness, horror, or other emotions that came with war, though some left ambiguity as to exactly how they felt. Four of the authors during this time, having different locations in various wars, were Anna Akhmatova, Randall Jarrell, Marco Vesovic, and W. B. Yeats. Akhmatova, a Russian, and Yeats, an Irishman, each encountered the turmoil caused by World War 1.…

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    against their better judgement. Using strategically placed literary devices, Nan Braymer develops a complex understanding of what events were taken place during the Vietnam war and humanity as well. Losses by Randall Jarrell is a poem surfaced around World War 2 ,and the effects the poem had on the people. I believe the theme for both of the poems is death and the major effects surrounding war. Throughout the poem the author expresses the narrator's lack of life experience and questions the…

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0aJMtkPX-g 5-10 Min: Class discussion, essential questions for “Hay for the Horse” · What does the poem say, what’s the message? · What purpose does the poem serve? 15-20 Min: Small group Activity; compare and contrast “Howl” and “Hay for the Horse” 5-10 Min: Journal Response: · Reflect on “Hay for the Horses” and answer the essential questions independently. Lesson 3: Instructional Goal: Characteristics of Confessional Poetry, and the…

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    Beaux Arts” are Randall Jarrell’s “The Old and The New Masters” and Dannie Abse’s “Breughel in Naples.” Jarrell opens “The Old and The New Masters” with the lines “About suffering, about adoration, the old masters/Disagree. When someone suffers, no one else eats/Or walks or opens the window – no one breathes/As the sufferers watch the sufferer”. These lines as Peter Firchow points out in his book W.H. Auden: Contexts for Poetry are “unmistakable” in their reference to Auden’s poem, as well as in…

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    The poems “The Man He Killed” by Thomas Hardy, “Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen and “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” by Randall Jarrell all have an anti-war theme. They all have different settings of where the war takes place. Hardy’s poem takes place during the Boer War where many of the women and children died in camps. Owen’s poem takes place during World War I on the battle field and Jarrell’s poem takes place in a B-17 bomber during World War II. All of these authors have similar…

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    War, as many people know, creates massive casualties of humans, hatred among humankind, and overall, catastrophe. Many soldiers, who are also the leading generation for our future, are forced to take part in what could be known as “homicide” as they would go on to kill their enemies, most of them belonging to same age. It is no wonder that the horribleness and atrocity of war is a common theme among poets. The literary works of Owen, Jarrell, and Komunyakaa asserts that war causes severe damages…

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