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?
1 Answer | Add Yours
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.
We’ve answered 333,869 questions. We can answer yours, too.Ask a question