Allen Ginsberg Essays

  • Allen Ginsberg Beat Generation Analysis

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    aesthetic it creates. By analysing beat poetry we can see how they strayed from not only the established way of writing poetry, but used that poetry as a way to revolt against society. One of the most prominent members of the Beat Generation was Allen Ginsberg, who was known for his raw and expressionistic poetry. Through the use of literary devices and themes such as spirituality, religion, death and life, Ginsberg’s works show ideas and values that were demonstrated often throughout Beat poetry. This

  • Allen Ginsberg Influence

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    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". Allen Ginsberg was a big influence in the past because he was an

  • Allen Ginsberg's A Supermarket In California

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    stories that are subjugated by societal standards. This analysis covers the homosexual tone present in Allen Ginsberg’s, “A Supermarket in California” and the rest of the poem’s undertons that provides a critique on modern consumerism. The poem is set up in free verse and the theme follows this direction by not following the modern pattern of life. The speaker of the poem is alluded to be Allen Ginsberg himself and in the case of “A Supermarket in California”, I believe that the interjection provides

  • CIA Dope Calypso: The Beat Generation

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    Hello and welcome to the State Library of Queensland. I’m Alisha Follington, today exploring a poem of the ‘Beat Generation’ era of literature; CIA Dope Calypso by Allen Ginsberg. As the name suggests, CIA Dope Calypso was Ginsberg’s attempt to expose the United States of America’s Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement in the drug trade in South-East Asia. One of the highest-acclaimed American poets of his generation and founding member of the Beat Generation, Ginsberg’s works reflect his vehement

  • Conformism In Allen Ginsberg's Howl

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    Allen Ginsberg 's "Howl" is a thought-provoking piece used to epitomize and give a voice to the Beat Movement of the mid-20th century as they sought to soundly reject nearly every aspect of society. Within his writing, Ginsberg is quite literally "howling" his frustration and anger regarding the conformism that he perceives as plaguing the population. He seeks to abolish and defeat those narrow standards by illuminating this issue and protesting the havoc it has wreaked on even the best, most brilliant

  • Uniformity In American Society

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    great in abundance but also in monetary value and gaudiness. In Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” he captures this perfectly by saying “Moloch whose skyscrapers stand in the long streets like endless Jehovahs...Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks” (Ginsberg). Americans’ obsession with money and possessions is caused by a need to obtain control over one’s life in a society in which there is little control available to successful people, mainly in certain crucial aspects of their

  • Hipterism In Harlem

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    to the Beat generation. Having presented the Ginsberg´s “Howl” protest poem, the Beatnik avant-garde group modelled into the ,,controversial symbols of a new generation” (Whaley, 2004, p. 10). Howl caused a sensation but was strictly denied as nonacceptable for the former society to hear and led to the court. Slovak publicist and author of many volumes of authentic dialogues with Slovak, Czech, European and American writers, interviewed Allen Ginsberg with questions concerning the Beat generation

  • Walt Whitman And Figurative Language

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    The most profound poets of Walt Whitman’s day including Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare were so well known because they wrote with rhyme and structure in every line they wrote. This is the way poetry was written until Walt Whitman published his first book of poetry called “Leaves of Grass” which, although had some harsh criticism when it was first published, completely changed poetry ever since. Walt Whitman abandoned the regular meter and rhyme patterns (Walt Whitman) and according to Robert

  • Substance Abuse In William Burroughs's Naked Lunch

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    “A bookworm with strong homoerotic urges, a fascination with guns and crime and a natural inclination to break every rule he could find, there seemed to be no way [William] Burroughs could ever fit into normal society” (Asher). The Midwestern (St. Louis) and upper class lifestyle did not fit who Burroughs really was. After graduating from Harvard, Burroughs’ parents accepted their son’s need to find his place in society, so they “continued to support him financially as he experimented with various

  • Essay On Slam Poetry

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    The slam poetry Slam poetry is a spoken-word form of poetry that is largely influenced by the free verse, musical style of Beat poets like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. It first took hold in the U.S. in the 1980’s, when open mic sessions started taking place at cafés in cities like New York, San Francisco, and Austin (Marc smith 2003). The founder of the slam poetry goes with the name of Marc Kelly this project I will be looking on South African poetry. On how they write and the style

  • William Blake To His Coy Mistress Analysis

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    In the poems ‘The Garden of Love’ by William Blake and ‘To His Coy Mistress’ by Andrew Marvell, both poets present barriers to love differently through the use of various poetic techniques denoting language and structure. Blake criticises institutionalised religion, not only emphasising its unnaturalness but also utilising the concept to frame it as a barrier to pure, unadulterated love. Marvell however, presents a barrier to love as the more structured construct of time through the juxtapositioning

  • The Facade Of The American Dream In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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    The Facade of the American Dream The American Dream is the opportunity for all Americans to live a life of personal happiness and material comfort, but is it actually achievable? F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, is a story of characters working hard to achieve the American Dream, but ultimately they are unable to ever realize their perfect life. The novel makes a strong naturalism argument about the rigid class system in society and the disillusionment of the American Dream. Throughout

  • Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Poem Analysis

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    Walt Whitman´s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” uses the theme of time to communicate a sense of Transcendentalist unity. Whitman 's Transcendentalist speaker enters the "appearances" and "usual costumes" of the universe of wonders keeping in mind the end goal to find the truth that ties each and all together in one The speaker, as The title already indicates taking a ferry in New York, does not waste any time before presenting the idea that all humans are united in their common experience. The

  • Modernism In Manhattan Transfer

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    Manhattan Transfer describes a panoramic view of life in New York City between 1890 and 1925. It contained fragments of popular songs, news headlines, and stream of consciousness monologues from a horde of unrelated characters. Dos Passos felt that his novels should paint a picture of society as it was, to expose human difficulties by showing them realistically. Following the directions of an author he admired, Walt Whitman, Dos Passos who sought to use a “moral microscope” upon humanity. He became

  • Hour Of The Star Literary Analysis

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    Remarkable masterpieces of literature are created when oppressed individuals decide to unleash their prolonged vexation through the ink of a pen. During the Latin American boom, these tyrannized people joined hands to voice out their bottled up emotions through writing. It seems as though the authors of the two novellas, Hour of the Star and Chronicle of Death Foretold, are rebelling against the injustice by presenting some naked bitter truths about the Latin American societies. The plot of Chronicle

  • Democracy In Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself

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    “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman is an unconventional poem that promotes and celebrates democracy through its groundbreaking style of writing. Throughout his 52 sections, he embraces diversity and invites his readers to join him and revel in the beauty of common people, to partake in their aspirations and adversities. One of the major aspects of American Ideology during the early nineteenth century was Democracy. It is the “political system that follows from the concept of the free individual (and)

  • Comparing Ginsberg's Tribute To Walt Whitman

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    Ginsberg pays tribute to Walt Whitman in "A Supermarket in California." He feels a connection to him through poetry. This alludes to the idea that poets not only influence the world, but they influence each other. Through this connection in thought processes, they have a common ground. Ginsberg's writing expresses that this common ground of understanding is something only poets can understand. In particular, Ginsberg expresses his connection to Whitman through imagery. Their writing styles are also

  • Bird Imagery In Macbeth

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    Discovering One Bird At a Time In the tragedy of Macbeth, William Shakespeare uses bird imagery to represent several events that take place in the plot. The use of bird imagery is used to give details about the characters personality and characteristics. Shakespeare uses this imagery to showcase the significance of what is happening and what characters are being involved. Many of these birds were used to describe characters such as Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, Macduff, and Lady Macduff. Birds

  • Summary Of Laila Halaby's Once In A Promised Land

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    In terms of literature, Arab Americans also produced works with unprecedented resonance. Poetry became the sole personal voice that searched for warmth and consistency. Short stories and novels appeared in a large number, giving birth to what was later termed Post-9/11 Arab American literature. In such a context, Anglophone Arab literary responses to 9/11 have to be earth-shattering as the event itself was. Nadine Naber thought that one of the most effective ways to dismantle the virulent generalizations

  • Similarities Between I Hear America Singing And I Too

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    A theme both poems “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman and “I, Too, Sing America” by Langston Hughes share is equality. The poets both demonstrate equality by having their various characters ignoring their differences and coming together to sing. Whitman combines the many individual Americans together by saying “ I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear” (1), while Langston’s main character says “ I, too, sing America.” (1) even though he is different from the other characters. Langston