Analysis Of Howl By Allen Ginsberg

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It is clear to any reader of "Howl" that Allen Ginsberg is upset with the status quo, in fact, one might even borrow Ginsberg own words about how he feels about his “generation” when he states that they, “let themselves be fucked in the ass by saintly motorcyclists, and screamed with joy.” What a spit in the face. As I continued to read Ginsberg’s profanity-laced and prolonged verbal assault I was sure about convinced about one thing; Ginsberg is demanding for his generation to change by beating his generation with a rod like a sheep in need of direction.
A reader doesn’t have to look far to find textual evidence to reaffirm Ginsberg’s desire for transformation within his generation. From the first line, Ginsberg prepares the reader by mournfully accepting their current condition, “the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness”. But it doesn 't stop at the beginning, anywhere in-between the first and last lines readers can also pick up on Ginsberg’s oral onslaught of his generation and a warning for generations to come,
“who copulated ecstatic and insatiate with a bottle of beer a sweetheart a package of cigarettes a candle and fell off the bed… who cut their wrists three times successively unsuccessfully, gave up and were forced to
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Louis Ginsberg, Allen’s father, was “ a minor American lyric poet, and his mother Naomi was an active leftist” (Casale 1), as such his parents knowingly or not impacted their son’s views. Naomi’s leftist mentality charged Allen with a desire for social justice for all not just the privileged and Louis passed his desire to write as a medium in which Allen could then express his own feelings. In college at the University of Columbia Allen Ginsberg was introduced to “New York’s bohemian (Beat) and underground subculture” (Casale 1). What is beat culture though? What does it represent? According to

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