VCCS Litonline Introduction to Literature
English 112 (English Composition II)

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Understanding Poetry
"The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner"

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Other war poetry and analysis are at the award-winning website at Oxford University called the Virtual Seminars for Teaching Poetry.  This site includes Wilfred Owens' poetry, which is searchable by a concordance, along with primary documents of the era.

Click to the VCCS home page. This module was developed as a Front Page module in Fall, 1997, as part of a VCCS Courseware Grant for Litonline. Please send comments to Eric Hibbison by email to:

Special thanks to Phil Callahan for permission to use his vivid photos of a B-17 ball turret and to Allen Matheson for permission to use his color photo of a B-17 on each of my pages.

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