Randall Jarrell, “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.”
Who is the speaker? To what does he compare himself in the poem’s first two lines? What words establish this comparison?
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The speaker is a soldier. He compares himself to a newborn baby, possibly an animal. This is established by "mother's sleep" and "in its belly" and "fur." He is a gunner, but not respected. He gives his life for his country, and they ignore his sacrifice. Symbolically, they simply wash him away.
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