America by Allen Ginsberg America written by Allen Ginsberg was written right after World War II and at the start of the Cold War. This was a time of controversy and taking a time of differing personal beliefs. It makes sense that it this poem is very opinionated towards society as a whole in America, due to being written at this time. His political opinion, view on society, and sexuality is reflected and shaped into this poem. In particular his problem with America revolves around it's consumerism, and homosexuality. The author writes exactly what he sees, which are things that aren't out of the ordinary at all. However, it's the prospective that he has to offer on these things that is the interesting part. This poem is odd because it is written by an American, however, it appears to have the perspective of someone from another country. This is partly due to his mother's Russian, communist roots. Ginsberg takes a strong stance, throwing accusations at the Unites States Government, politicians, and its citizens. However, I'd like to point out that even though he criticizes American citizens, I do not feel like I am being attacked by him. Our society is not perfect, and I think it is good for someone to be able to express their point of view so strongly, as Ginsberg did to create awareness. I do not think of this poem as a critique. Many critiques, when writing take little to no risk on their part at all. It takes no courage to do what they do, they either agree or disagree with something. They never expose themselves or leave themselves vulnerable. This cannot be said about Ginsberg. This poem is extremely personal; he refers to his use of Marijuana, and exposes his sexuality. Unlike critics, he took a firm stance against something that he was surely going to get heat for. After leaving himself vulnerable and ready to be attacked, I'd say it worked out well for him judging by my response to the poem along with other reader's responses. He was credited "the single greatest influence on the American poetic voice since Whitman", by Bob Dylan himself. America is formatted strangely. Ginsberg’s style in this poem is unorganized, and has a raw feeling to it. This poem separates itself from others because it is not written with a rhyme scheme, meter, and doesn't have any rhythm. The unorganized way this poem was written leads me to believe that Ginsberg just wrote what he was feeling at the time, and just poured his emotions down onto the page. This is supported by the way Ginsberg's anger flows up and down throughout the poem. Its only poetic element that I have really found was repetition, which creates distinction and separation between lines. This unique writing style is fitting for this particular type of writing. He cuts to the chase and tells people what he thinks they need to hear. I do not think this writing style would work for many other poems, however, I wouldn't like this particular poem any other way. The way it is written gives it the impression that he's fed up and brutally honest. His stance also appears to change throughout the poem. At first he seems to be taking a sort of authoritative, depressing role, separating himself. He uses this style to talk about some of the larger, less personal issues with America such as war, and the Atom Bomb, and militarism. He states that America's libraries, places filled with knowledge and freedom, are full of tears. Basically implying that we are holding ourselves back from our full potential. Later on in the poem he starts to personalize himself more and bring himself closer to
that's what the poet does.” Allen Ginsberg believed this wholly and based his means of poetry by what he said in this sentence. One cannot censor thoughts, just as one can’t censor expression. Ginsberg faced controversy for sexual content and profanities that he used in his poetry, but those were merely his private thoughts that he brought to the public. His poetry fueled a whole generational revolution in the 1950s. In times of cookie cutter uniformity Allen Ginsberg went against norm and wrote…
changes in America. The beat generation was a phenomenon that swept through the nation due to the writings and new philosophy of writers in the 1950s. One of the most influential writers of the time was Allen Ginsberg. His most famous work “Howl” was a poem in the form of an epic; it depicted American culture, changed the literature of the time, and influenced society by his topics, style, and influence.
Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” carefully depicted American culture at the time. Ginsberg opens with…
Allen Ginsberg’s poem “A Supermarket in California” represents very typical beat themes and ideas. The poem touches on ideas from Romanticism, Transcendentalism, as well as the strong sense of rejecting 1950’s stereotypes. The poem speaks to Romanticism in that it has this sense of awe and wonderment. Ginsberg describes going through a supermarket with one of his inspirations, Walt Whitman. Ginsberg describes watching Whitman as he goes through the supermarket, looking at the various products and…
Allen Ginsberg Life
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Allen Ginsberg in 1979
Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California"
Presented much like a spontaneous journal or diary entry, Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California" is a complex and multifaceted poem that stands as an indictment against American government and culture. The opening lines of the poem forward the aforementioned journal-like quality and also present the central focal point of tension in the poem as a whole. The opening line specifically expresses a tone of wistfulness or even sadness: "What…
Writing Assignment 1
By recommendation, I went to see the Allen Ginsberg exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish museum. The exhibit was a mix of still prints shown in a photo journalistic fashion along with Ginsberg’s poems read aloud over the speakers. I did not feel strong emotion for the prints, but when combined with the fierceness and passion of the poems playing in the background the room as well as the photos came more alive and you could understand the unconventional life style the artist…
Allen Ginsberg uses intertextuality in his poem “A Supermarket in California” to reference other authors such as Walt Whitman and Garcia Lorca. Ginsberg mainly uses intertextuality in this piece for comparison, as he compares himself to these other poets. Part of his poem reads, “What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon.” Ginsberg is ultimately comparing how he and these other poets…
Professor Marc Hewson
17 March 2015
Ginsberg and the Beats
The Beat generation and its ideas that first originated sometime in the late 40s in response to the capitalist, conservative culture that had been spawned post World War two was quite possibly best captured in Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl”, and the responses it produced by each of the two parties could not have possibly been more contrasted. It was one of the most controversial pieces of literature for its time…
blacks by organizing nonviolent resistance and peaceful mass demonstrations. He was
assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
Author who wrote The Other American. He alerted those in the mainstream to what he saw in
the rundown and hidden communities of the country.
He an American poet. He wrote in his Poem "Howl" about the destructive forces of conformity
in the United States.
a group of young poets, writers, and artists who wrote harsh critiques of what they considered
the sterility and conformity of american life…
Please discuss the social, political, and economic conditions of the 1950’s; which lead to the social upheaval of the 1960’s.
In the 1950s the United States was marked by economic growth and an increase in manufacturing and home construction due to the post WWII economic boom. The Cold War also began during this time frame and brought with it many conflicts that helped create the proliferation of a politically conservative environment throughout the country…