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Comment 13 of 63, 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 63, 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 63, 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 63, 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 63, 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
Comment 8 of 63, added on May 5th, 2006 at 11:43 PM.
I was born in the wrong decade i've decided. Ginsberg is my all time
favorite poetry writer because when you read his poetry you must read it
out loud and with a certain sharpness to your voice or else you miss it
all. I envy his passion reference him every time i get the chance and i
recommend him to anyone who has ever felt in the mood to start a
from United States
Comment 7 of 63, added on April 12th, 2006 at 6:51 PM.
This is not just a poem, it's an entire generation in words. As long as you
understand enough of the allusions to "get it." People don't think this
poem is great because it's complicated or because it uses "dirty words" or
whatever, this poem is great because it contains so many vivid images,
darkly humourous insights and unforgettable lines; because it's raw and
visceral and powerful. It's meant to be read slowly and loudly. The first
time you read it, it seems random and chaotic and "crazy" (to some people)
but the more you read it the more you realize how neccessary every
repetition, every word is to the experience.
Comment 6 of 63, added on April 10th, 2006 at 9:40 PM.
This is unquestionably the worst poem I have ever experienced. It is
complicated, yes. That alone does not make it good. Saying naughty words,
swearing, and putting his homosexuality on show does not make it good. Some
of you morons say that this poem changed the face of America - come on.
Lighten up, people. Relax. It's a friggin poem. No one except english
teachers and jackoffs would really enjoy this reading. One sentence over 5
and a half pages? STUPID. This poem is stupid.
Mary Winstead from United States
Comment 5 of 63, added on December 30th, 2005 at 12:43 AM.
Reading it again after 35 years. It says much more to the 50 year old than
the 15. How old was Alan when this was wrote? Vastly Biblical. And to
think that I have spent all this time not thinking about the poem. What
what I thinking? Alan lived a life of LOUD desparation, while most are
joe from United States
Comment 4 of 63, added on December 5th, 2005 at 3:39 PM.
so at my school... all these poems are blocked! because of subject matter,
isn't that ironic?
but i love them so much... thank hel-with-one-L for ginsberg, and
misaryeepo from United States
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