Analysis Of Allen Ginsberg 's ' A Supermarket Of California '

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Allen Ginsberg was one of the most respected writers and acclaimed American poets of his generation. After all, he was regarded one of the most influential poets of the 20th century and father of the Beat Movement. The drill will be used to analyze one of his poem called “A Supermarket in California”.
The first thing to analyze is device of sound. This poem was written in a free verse and has twelve stanzas or lines. In addition, there is no rhyme or meter and it just follows the natural rhythms of speech. Also, this poem was written in first person as quoted in the poem, “I wandered in and out of the brilliant stacks of cans following you, and followed in my imagination by the store detective.”(6) The author is expressing his feelings about what is going on his life.
There are some figures of speech in this poem, which are an expressive use of language which is found within this poem. Specifically, the poet uses apostrophe while he is addressing another poet (Whitman) who is already dead. Ginsberg wrote “What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman” (1). In other words, he was thinking about him as he wondered in the streets of California. The author seems to be a bit lonely and is thinking of Walt Whitman as some kind of imaginary friend he has. Furthermore, Ginsberg had a great admiration and deep respect for Whitman as he is constantly mentioned throughout the poem or probably he had an influence on his poetry in life. After all, they share…

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