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The Death of the Ball TurretGUnner
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The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner is a five-line poem by Randall Jarrell published in 1945. It is about the death of a gunner in a Sperry ball turret on a World War II American bomber aircraft. The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner' is that institutionalized violence, or war, creates moral paradox, a condition in which acts repugnant to human nature become appropriate." Most commentators agree, calling the poem a condemnation of the dehumanizing powers of "the State", which are most graphically exhibited by the violence of war.

Due partly to its short length, "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" poem has been widely anthologized. In fact, Jarrell came to fear that his reputation would come to rest on it alone.

The poem inspired the play, "The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" by Anna Moench, which premiered in New York City at the New York International Fringe Festival in August 2008 and was extended to play at The Space in Long Island City. A nod to the poem can also be found in John Irving's 1978 novel The World According to Garp, in which the protagonist's father died after sustaining fatal injuries—a "rather careless lobotomy" due to flack from gunfire—while serving as a ball-turret gunner in World War II.

The poem also inspired the name of Milwaukee post-punk band, The Ball Turret Gunners.
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In A Noiseless Flash form HiroshimaYou can infer from Reverend Mr. Tanimoto's feelings before the bomb exploded that-? A. the japanese were completely surprised by the bomb, B. few japanese were concerned about the war or directly affected by it, C. the japanese were secure in their military superiority , D. many japanese worried about the retaliatory attacks from the Allies
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In A Noiseless Flash form Hiroshima, You can infer from reverend Mr. Tanimoto's feelings before the bomb exploded that many Japanese worried about retaliatory attacks from the allies.

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