Dislikes of the American Society and the Injustices in America in Allen Ginsberg's Poetry

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Dislikes of the American Society

And the Injustices in America

In Allen Ginsberg's Poetry

By

Matt Feeko

Mrs. Juenger

English 1

18 April 1999

Dislikes of the American Society

And the Injustices in America

In Allen Ginsberg's Poetry

Allen Ginsberg started his infamous life as a revolutionary and poet of the beat generation when he began attending Colombia University. While at Colombia Ginsberg met friend and mentor Jack Kerouac whom he would later join to form the School of Disembodied Poets. During his education at Colombia University Ginsberg started his highly political and opinionated poems, which would become his signature for the beat
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Multinational Capitalists

Strong-armed squads

Private Detective Agencies for the rich

And their armies and navies and their air force bombing planes

It had to be capitalism the vortex of this rage

This competition man to man (Ginsberg, HBPOTJB)

Critic Helen Vendler says these lines summed up the poem's rage towards capitalism and capitalism's imperialistic shadow that lurks behind it (Vendler 3). These last lines of the poem finish:

Brute force and full money

Brute force, world-wide, and full of money

Brute force, world-wide, and full of money

Brute force, world-wide, and full of money

It had to be rich and it had to be powerful (Ginsberg, HBPOTJB)

In Helen Vendler's criticism of the poem she stated that this was Ginsberg's view of America at the time, brutal, imperialistic, and full of itself and money (Vendler 6).

In Ginsberg's politically inspired poem America Ginsberg struggles with his dislikes, grievances, and hopes of and for America. In Ginsberg's America (1956) he discusses some of his grievances:

America when will we end the human war?

Go fuck yourself with your atom

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