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Analysis and comments on America by Allen Ginsberg

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Comment 20 of 100, 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 100, 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
Comment 18 of 100, added on February 19th, 2009 at 11:29 AM.

How this can even be designated a "poem" is beyond comprehension. It's a
seditious rant by a clown exercising his freedom of speech rights that
others paid the ultimate price to defend. If those patriots knew they were
dying for this garbage, I wonder if they would have been so heroic.

This would not even be read but for the fact that idiotic left wing
teachers who unfortunately practice their bias under the guise of education
and who ascribe to this kind of garbage make it mandatory reading. That
amounts to the same kind of stealth indoctrination attempts via Pravda of
the former USSR's propaganda machine. I wish the commies of our higher
education institutions would stick to doing their jobs instead of trying to
indoctrinate us to becoming like Castro's Cuba, Kim Jung Ill's North Korea
and other bastions of free expression. Witness the first thing that the
Communist Chinese did in Tiananmen Square before they commenced shooting
(they turned off the free press), they should be careful what they wish
for. If they don't like it here, then let them go dine of tree bark during
the winter in N. Korea to survive.

I don't see anybody trying to get out of the United States but a lot of
people trying to get in. The people trying to get in who are most
appreciative of the freedoms here are those who have just come out from
under the boot of the USSR, e.g. Poland, Hungary. Unfortunately, the
decades of liberalism and left wing success is having an adverse impact on
the real America; not the one of Allen Ginsberg's so called "poem."

And the next time France and other so called allies need security from
invaders, let them get it from N. Korea, Russia, or Iran providing they
aren't the invader.

The Libertarian from United States
Comment 17 of 100, added on October 26th, 2008 at 3:36 AM.

i see you who hates this poem has memorized it. prejudgement is here.u aint
know shit about poetry. i call your attention to make some clear comments.
you are not charged of to burn those poems. if you write, write politely
and with some proficiency.

selim from Turkey
Comment 16 of 100, added on October 15th, 2008 at 2:33 PM.

Allan Ginsberg was an idiot. Him's poems are nothing to but the ranting,
raving, tripe of a man who fancies himself more intellectual than the rest
of us. He has nothing good to say, just the typical, cynical "hate
america" observations of the self-described intellectuals who have taken
over our institutions of higher learning. There is nothing original here,
nothing new, it's the same old crap.

Joshua Livingston from United States
Comment 15 of 100, added on August 7th, 2007 at 9:25 PM.

It is too long...and it is sexual. there is no emotion. there is no action.
it is not exciting.

zelihan from Turkey
Comment 14 of 100, added on June 25th, 2007 at 12:51 AM.

I can't even deal with the ridiculousness of these anti-Ginsberg comments.
The fact that anyone took time out of their lives to read this amazing poem
and then turn around and denouce it is a perfect example of the America he
was talking about. This poem is really a portrait of American history,
(American"ness," if you will) and to say that it is a "piece of crap"
proves the ignorance and judgemental mentalities that still plague this

Shana from United States
Comment 13 of 100, added on May 28th, 2007 at 4:27 PM.

Of course the most ignorant and homophobic comments are from Americans
themselves. I appreciate good irony. This poem is very profound and full of
longing and defiance, I absolutely love it. As for you mindless
philistines, stick to Dick Cheney, NASCAR, and 9-11 bumper stickers. That's
the America you love.

Caleb from United States
Comment 12 of 100, added on June 4th, 2006 at 9:03 AM.

Of course, "Anonymous". Because Christ would definitely approve of your
murdering a poet whose works you don't like! ^_^ That's hilarious...
And while I don't see the "pornographic" parts in 'America', I do think
that poems can convey feelings and emotions even if they're sexually
explicit, like some of Ginsberg's are.

Gudrun from Austria
Comment 11 of 100, added on May 17th, 2006 at 7:56 AM.

For the love of Christ, if Ginsberg was still alive, I would kill him.
Every "poem" he has ever written is blasphemy that should be burned.
Poems are to express feelings and emotion, not gay porn.

Anonymous from United States

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Poet: Allen Ginsberg
Poem: America
Volume: Howl and Other Poems
Year: 1956
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 25975 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 18 2004

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