Ginsberg Poem Structure Analysis

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III. Structure Structure in Beat Poetry Beat poetry often took on a free verse structure and rarely followed the norm of stanzas and couplets that much of western poetry did. Ginsberg often wrote in a manner that seemed to mimic a conversation or the fashion in which someone speaks. It is awkward at moments and has many run-on sentences but this way of writing helped portray the very personal style of Beat work. The free verse structure allows for more control for the poet to explore ideas and feelings that could be hindered by traditional structures. The structure itself adds to the poems in terms of emotions and how the poem is read out loud. In Plutonian Ode the use of this lax structure allows for Ginsberg to focus on the feelings of anxiety and hopelessness that comes from the bomb. The majority of the poem lacks definitive stanzas, instead it is more like a conversation between him and the bomb. This is shown in the following quote, “I enter your secret places with my mind, I speak with your presence, I roar your Lion Roar with mortal mouth”. One of the most prominent examples of the free verse structure of beat literature is in Howl. Howl is often…show more content…
This time period was one where people were confused about the future and Ginsberg used juxtaposition to portray the confusion that mimicked what people felt. He had many examples of this in his works. One would be Supermarket in California, where he writes about the life of the city and the trees from nature and he is conflicted on where to go. He states : “Will we walk all night through solitary streets? The trees add shade to shade, lights out in the houses, we'll both be lonely.” His character is torn between the two options as he walks down the middle. The contrast between the natural world and the industrialized world is a topic the Ginsberg and many other beats brought up in their
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