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Analysis and comments on Eighth Air Force by Randall Jarrell

Comment 5 of 5, added on April 13th, 2014 at 3:49 AM.
where Ann grabbed he

where Ann grabbed her gun and chesad an intruder out of the house,
recalling one of Miss Ellie’s most memorable moments from the old show,
as well as John Ross’s encounter with Marta del Sol on the 50-year line

Abeng from Rwandese Republic (Rwanda)
Comment 4 of 5, added on December 21st, 2011 at 11:49 AM.

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Voinykarolyn from United States
Comment 3 of 5, added on November 23rd, 2011 at 6:36 PM.

Absolutely first rate and copper-btotmoed, gentlemen!

Elouise from Romania
Comment 2 of 5, added on October 24th, 2005 at 12:36 PM.

Addendum to first comment: I find that Jarrell's imagery interacts
consistently from one poem to the other. After reading my comments on
"Eighth Air Force," I realized that I had cited lines from "The Death of
the Ball Turret Gunner" - I can't separate the two - they deliver the
impact of being in a position of vulnerability.

Sarah M. Blasius from United States
Comment 1 of 5, added on October 24th, 2005 at 12:12 PM.

I am "brainstorming" a feature article that I am (imminently) going to
write for the local newspaper - it is part of a series on W.W.II veterans.
Paradoxically, the series is entitled "Unsung Heroes" - each of the 23
persons I have interviewed thus far deny the title of "hero." They tell me,
"I'm not a hero - just an ordinary man doing what I had to do." Perhaps
some justification for their denial comes from an innate apprehension of
the dilemna posed in Jarrell's poem, the "had to do" being imposed by
Jarrell' image of the State. The possible imminence of death, as
experienced by the ball turret gunner I have just interviewed is an
essential part of his story - the suspension from the belly of a bomber,
ostensibly with no connection with tangible reality (except as Jarrell
described, "...black flak and the nightmare fighters...," the gunner is
validating Jarrell's image of the terrifying exit from the womb to the
unknown existence awaiting him - possible death. The imagery reflects the
impact of my subject's recall of his near-death experience, his response to
his fear as he bailed out of the doomed aircraft.

Sarah M. Blasius from United States

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Poet: Randall Jarrell
Poem: Eighth Air Force
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: May 13 2016

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