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Who is the speaker in Randall Jarrell's "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner," and what comparison does he make in the first two lines?

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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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