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Analysis and comments on America by Allen Ginsberg

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Comment 24 of 88, added on February 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 AM.

Ginsberg was only the most famous of a cadre of intelligent thinkers who
appealed to the fantasies of a generation of rebellious young people unable
to grasp the realities of intuitive enlightenment. He himself was not for a
minute a disciple of the sophomoric rhetoric he skillfully used in giving
his adhorants the credibility they imagined they had. His mastery was not
in the pseudo philosophy he appeared to champion, but in his ability to
manipulate a subculture who believed themselves to be mentally and morally
superior to an extant society too intense for their chosen lifestyle. His
motives, while suspect to a certain segment of thinkers outside his own
culture because of the subtle directives they implied, were not mysterious
at all to accomplished occultists but rather recognizable and well
understood. He accomplished much, but not in the vein in which he was (and
is) given credit for. A pop icon of the first magnitude, but if one is to
know what he was actually about a fuller understanding of higher
disciplines is necessary. Search.

isaak from United States
Comment 23 of 88, added on July 7th, 2009 at 8:46 PM.

well i don't know too much about poetry, but i think what Ginsberg is doing
is exploiting America in all it's flaws, while supplying his readers with
hope that it can all be changed. it is hopeful. its a wish, if you will.
that rather than bad, good can be done if it is chosen. its simple, really.
anyone can read this poem for what it is and simply state this it is
nothing but a list of things America has done wrong, or atleast what
Ginsberg thought was wrong. but if you really delve into this poem and
realize that it is a wake-up call rather than a bashing, a beautiful
meaning is awakened and you are suddenly AWARE!

Gretchin F from United States
Comment 22 of 88, added on June 13th, 2009 at 3:50 PM.

im extremely confused at this poem. though i am not extremely artistically
talented, i seem to believe that this poem is mainly a rebuddle and a
defnse of soemone in disagreenace of the government and its decision. i was
looking for some feedback, it would be appricated

schoolboy
Comment 21 of 88, added on June 8th, 2009 at 9:53 PM.

Ginsberg's poem "America" is brilliant to say the least. His delivery is
unorthodox and unique and he has a way of describing his feelings with such
power.

Peter Orphanides from United States
Comment 20 of 88, added on April 30th, 2009 at 12:30 PM.

Ginsberg's America is a brilliant work of art. Ive heard so many people
bash his works lately, just because he pushed the envelope. Blasphemy or
not, life would be very boring if everyone fit into the certain mold that
society wants us to be. The ones who actually "push against the gears of
the machine" are those who are really living. They make life more
interesting. To only appreciate oneself, one must learn to coexist
peacfully with others who may have different views or values.

Amanda from United States
Comment 19 of 88, added on April 29th, 2009 at 4:43 AM.

It's profound on several levels. On one, its structured almost like a
confession or interrogation. The confession response is a parody of
religious systems, and the interrogation response is very relevant to the
red-fear which was prominent at the time that Ginsberg wrote this. On
another level of structure, you also see Ginsberg confessing all of his
'flaws' so-to-speak, and then he rebuts these by citing several instances
where America, who would deem these things as 'flaws' in the first place,
with flaws of her own. To argue that this is not poetry, is to argue
against the very history of poetry itself. Even so far back as the
romantics, poets have created work directly out of reaction to political
wrong. You have Wordsworth and Coleridge and Whitman who all fit in to this
category of anti-political-responsive poetry. There's a quote from P.B.
Shelley's, Julian and Maddalo:
"Most wretched men are cradled into poetry by wrong".

Jonny from United States

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Information about America

Poet: Allen Ginsberg
Poem: America
Volume: Howl and Other Poems
Year: 1956
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 25494 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 18 2004


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