Howl By Allen Ginsberg Analysis

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Howl by Allen Ginsberg
During the 1950’s America was a different culture then what we live in today. In the epic three part poem “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg, he gives us a radical depiction of post World War II America and the mayhem that surrounds him. Using colorful and descriptive language he lays out what is happening during his time. He takes us through a journey back in time where readers can get a glimpse of what it was like to be in the middle of chaos as an outsider. Allen Ginsberg is one of the most acclaimed American poets of the 20th century and one of the forerunners to the Beat generation of the 1950’s. He was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1926 and graduated from Colombia University in 1948. Ginsberg did not gain any public attention until his release of “Howl” in 1955 (Poetry Foundation). The poem gained national attention for its freethinking ideas and provocative language which made Ginsberg an icon among the Beat Generation. During the time of post World War II, America’s culture and politics were focused on capitalism and
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This is more of a tribute or dedication feel to Carl Solomon a friend and colleague of Ginsberg. They had both spent time in the Rockland County Mental Institution for separate reasons but this is the reason for “I am with you in Rockland”. When you read it sounds like they were very close. It is formed similarly to the other parts in that he uses a repetitive style in this case “I am with you in Rockland”.
This is much more personal then the other parts because he uses words like “I”, “We” and “Your” in the dialogue when talking to Carl. Ginsberg has a very strong connection with Solomon although he maybe clinical insane. In a way they are just like one another. As being friends with someone so similar Carl was the one person understand his views of America and possibly been through the same experiences some point in

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