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Analysis and comments on Howl by Allen Ginsberg

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Comment 18 of 68, added on January 23rd, 2012 at 1:08 AM.
Test, just a test

Hello! Just want to say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace,

juilacilK from United States
Comment 17 of 68, added on March 27th, 2010 at 10:33 PM.
Real Poet

Howl title itself shows how the poet inner cell (heart) is breaking into
small pieces by the race discrimination.The capitalist leave their body and
attack blacks' soul very badly .So the big inner pain of cry is turning
into howl.And the poet confess the reality crystal clearly to the society
and coming generation.Every lines of the poem shows more image of the
reality.Frustration of the black were shown,Black want to resistant all the
domination by showing negative attitude towards so called capitalist
society by breaking all social norms and values which so called high class
people established for their own selfish fulfillment.The peace strike is
mostly similar with Gandhi peace protest in India.Capitalist were closing
their eyes and pretend not seen anything,to bring more attention towards
the black, black were showing very different attitude and behavior in the
society,And the result black moment is possible and success.So this poem is
the paining crying of black people in American society.Black always think
whites were their brother, so they did not do any violent protest as
resistant rather making just howl.So i appreciate black and their belief in
brotherhood and nationhood.So United we stand Divided we fall is came into
reality in American History.

Kaurav Bogati from Nepal
Comment 16 of 68, added on October 6th, 2009 at 9:26 PM.

I would not have even considered reading this poem if it were not for my
Enlish teacher.But as a read the poem I was fascinated.I thought "wow it is
so raw and out there",and I began to think that the world is really like
that.Its as if the poem just throws picture after picture of how the world
really is.Its a slap on the face telling you to wake up to reality.Reality
is hard to take in because we dont really see what we chose to ignore day
by day.Its as if Ginsberg wants you to know what he sees not as an artist
but as a person,a person who sees beyond the pretty

Estephanie from United States
Comment 15 of 68, added on July 9th, 2008 at 11:40 PM.

Bob - how interesting would a poem from a well rounded person, with
acceptable life experience and a complete absence of social quirks be? I'm
sure you would rather hear the same poem from the same person for the rest
of your life, no? That is not to say, however that diversity cannot exist
in social normality - but rather, that it placates limits.

Dimitri from Australia
Comment 14 of 68, added on June 20th, 2007 at 3:54 AM.

The poem is diffict to understand,Holw is a post moden poem,somebody don't
think it is good,but today,moden people ie relize it.The mean is deep,and i
can;t touch ie's idear.

Melody from China
Comment 13 of 68, added on November 9th, 2006 at 10:15 PM.

I liked it. I can see why it is considered his signature piece. It
captures a era, yes. It kind of reminds me of e.e. cummings the way the
words take quick and sharp diversions. Unfortunately, and I knew someone
who got chastised for saying Beethoven's Grossa Fugue is too long, I
thought this was too long???

Shelley Fruiterer from United States
Comment 12 of 68, added on October 3rd, 2006 at 9:25 PM.

Mary and Bob: Howl is the perfect post modern poem; it mixes everything
together. It is amazing that he wrote this poem while sitting with his type
writer and just letting the words flow. Swearing may be an offense to some,
but he is letting out his thoughts in a way that we see his mind. Ginsberg
was a pre-Hippy Bohemian (spelling?)who was very much on drugs, and lived a
homosexual life. He is aloud to write poetry on his thoughts and life, I
agree with Savanna. Also, there is a recording out there of Ginsberg
reading Howl with Avante-Garde music in the background, it really sets the
mood and artistic quality of this poem, and may make it more
And yes, I will be an English teacher.

Comment 11 of 68, added on May 31st, 2006 at 6:02 PM.

I was on the "OTHER" side...US militaty in San Fransisco at the time...now
I can read it and be there and say Yes! Yes!..and the comment about reading
it aloud...and several times...YEs! Yes!

Gordon Personius from United States
Comment 10 of 68, added on May 27th, 2006 at 11:41 PM.

Oh, Bob. The language is the message. The language is the poem. You can't
have the same message with different language. Of course one must "resort"
to obscene language to depict the obscene. Different language cannot convey
the same message, Bob. Of course he had unresolved issues. That's why
people communicate. That's why people write.

Savanna from Canada
Comment 9 of 68, added on May 19th, 2006 at 11:27 AM.

The language in this poem is obscene. A poet could chose to convey messages
without resorting to gutter style language. Obviously, this person had many
unresolved issues in his mind.

bob from United States

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Poet: Allen Ginsberg
Poem: Howl
Volume: Howl and Other Poems
Year: 1956
Added: Feb 20 2003
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