William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi. He grew up in a very comfortable home, money wise, thanks to his great-grandfather who was a railroad financier, but his father was an alcoholic and liked to control his family. While Faulkner was also an alcoholic himself and his life full of many hardships, that didn’t stop him from writing. Faulkner’s great-grandfather was a major influence to his writing and to how he viewed the South. He is most known for his works, A Rose for Emily, As I Lay Dying, The Sound and The Fury, and many more.
"One of the most prescient early reviews of Howl and Other Poems was written by the San Francisco Poet, Kenneth Rexroth in 1975. Rexroth Predicted that, "if he keeps going," Allen Ginsberg would become "the first genuinely popular, genuine poet in over a generation."(33)." (qtd in 35). Allen Ginsberg was a person that wanted to change the world by being a poet and one of the leaders of the beat generation in the 1950s. We learn more about Allen Ginsberg because of Elliot Katz who wrote a book about him named, " The Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg".
Our storytellers are no longer people verbally telling us a story. Instead, they are the authors of the past and present. They take us through a journey the main characters take. A lot of authors keep something the same in most of the novels. William Faulkner is no exception.
Faulkner’s utilization of multiple narrators and multiple viewpoints to develop and establish the story is similar to Eliot’s “The Waste Land”. I felt that by having multiple narrators, it allows the author to give more depth to the story and allows for deeper character development. In “The Waste Land” the multiple voices let Eliot portray the situation in that place was universal, all the voices had little or no hope and were suffering even if they didn’t know it. The same was true of in “As I Lay Dying”.
Allen Ginsberg was a common author during the postmodern era and was considered the most famous living American poet in the 1980’s. He was born on June 3, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in Paterson. His father, Louis Ginsberg, was a teacher and poet. Ginsberg’s mother, Naomi Levy Ginsberg, suffered most of her life from recurrent epileptic seizures and paranoia. Some of Ginsberg’s famous work includes “Howl,” which was the significant start off to his career, and “Kaddish” which is written based on the life and death of his mother as she spent most of her adult life with a mental illness.
Protest in Allen Ginsberg’s Poem “Howl” The Fifties was an era of paradoxes in America. Indeed, while it was a time of peace and prosperity, it struggled to avoid the unease and fear it generated. It attained its reputation for being a time of conformity, yet still carried an undercurrent of rebellion from those who were discontent. Among the people of the Fifties generation, the Beat writers effectively reflected their fight and influence for non-conformity.
Today, looking through the rearview mirror of “Howl,” and then forward to what lies ahead, without effort we can draw parallels to Ginsberg’s thoughts, of which many are relevant in the twenty-first century. Ginsberg, in line 82, with passionate audacity, directed at the institutional norms he resists, and with literary fist raised, declares defiantly “Moloch the incomprehensible prison! Moloch the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows! Moloch whose buildings are judgment! Moloch the vast stone of war!
William Faulkner is more than just a famous Mississippi born author. He is an inspiring being, not only for writers originating the south, but for writers throughout the entire world. Faulkner created such simple settings and complex characters for his novels and short stories from observations made during his child and adult life in his hometown of, Oxford, Mississippi (Bloom 12). During what is commonly considered his time of greatest artistic achievement, approximately a period of forty years , 1929 - 1942, he accomplished more than most writers have in his lifetime of writing novels (Bloom 11). Due of his dedication to his writing and the receiving of his ideas by readers from all over the world, he was presented the 1949 Nobel Prize for
The author can agree with her because if one loses a loved one and is still young that person is going to feel like nothing for a period of time. “God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade: Exit seraphim and Satan's men: I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead” Mrs.Plath. During her time of solitary and despair Mrs.Plath wrote many poems that have Blood-Hot and personal poems like the one above. "I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my lids and all is born again” Mrs.Plath. This is not the end, when Mrs.Plath comes back into the world she will better than ever and ready to tackle anything in Mrs.Plath’s
In 1950, Plath enrolled in Smith College and excelled in her studies; however, during this time (1953), she endured severe depression and attempted suicide by swallowing pills (“Sylvia Plath,”Poetry Foundation). She survived the suicide attempt, was hospitalized, and underwent electroshock therapy as treatment, for in her lifetime there were no effective/proper medications available to help treat depression; she recorded her experiences while recovering and the breakdowns she endured afterward, which also impacted her work (Poetry
Despite the poem being considered by many to be too obscene, with Ginsberg even being tried for its content, resulting publicity and a strong message put Ginsberg and his work into the national spotlight (“Allen Ginsberg Biography”). This spotlight was used by Ginsberg to focus on many of the issues considered to be the most important in regards to the Beat Generation/Movement: sexuality (Ginsberg was also homosexual), censorship, drug decriminalization, rock & roll as an art form, ecological consciousness (respecting the natural world), and opposition to the industrial-militarial machine civilization among other issues and themes present within American society (Ginsberg, Definition of the Beat
“Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private” (Ginsberg), As one of the most influential poets during the 20th century, Allen Ginsberg has captured many of his readers with his creative writing style such that he is often labeled as one of the founding fathers of the Beat Generation in which he introduced his famous and revolutionary poem, “Howl.” Ginsberg can be characterized as an innovative poet due to the fact that he used his writing to fight for a variety of movements such as anti-war movements. But in spite, of being considered a great poet, he also dealt with many hardships that lead him to develop himself as a great poet.
During this time, the nation experienced a public examination of its most adverse flaws, with the establishment of an ideal society perceived as the end result. This societal shift was most vividly reflected by Allen Ginsberg, with his notorious poem “Howl”, which was a cry of desperation against the heavy-handed conformism of the era and an affirmation of the glory of the human experience. Ginsberg begins his poem by writing, “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness” (Ginsberg), capturing the essence of what incited the Beat Movement, where the “best minds” referred to those figures whose unwillingness to conform had ostracized them from society. In order to adhere to this conviction, Beat writers commonly refused to promote inhibition and censoring of self expression in their work. With this in mind, Jack Kerouac, another leading figure of the Beat Movement, declared that one should “believe in the holy contour of life… [and have] no fear or shame in the dignity of [their] experience, language & knowledge” (You’re A Genius All The Time).
Sylvia Plath’s writing has long been touted as emotionally and visually charged, a dramatic showing of emotions and sentiments. Plath’s poetic style of vivid imagery and purposeful syntax in “Lady Lazarus,” “Ariel,” and “Blackberrying” allow for the externalization and objectification of pain, ultimately laying the groundwork for her ability to expose the realities of self-denial. Plath’s poetry often manifests itself as an assault of metaphorical and symbolic language, the nuance in her words evoking particularly meaningful images. It is precisely the violence in her lurid visual imagery that so well conveys her “function or nonfunction of the mind rather than the meaning of the experience” (Uroff 3). Plath’s control of “caricature, parody, and hyperbole” truly exposes the machinations of the mind during times of duress