Reading a Poem. Practice Session on Close Reading Randall Jarrell’s “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner. Purpose. The purpose of this exercise is to give you practice in analyzing a short poem. The questions are specific to this poem, but basically they all ask you to do the same thing:
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Practice Session on Close Reading
“The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
From my mother’s sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died, they washed me out of the turret with a hose.