The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
by Randall Jarrell
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
"Mother" is the third word in this poem and the image of the sleeping mother, and the idea of motherhood itself (life giver, nurturer, protector) stays with us throughout the poem. Let's face it—...
"The State" is a lot of different things in this poem. It is the bomber, a nation, and a condition of the mind. Yes, Randall is getting a lot of mileage out of these two little words. No wonder he...