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Analysis and comments on A Supermarket In California by Allen Ginsberg

Comment 10 of 10, added on June 13th, 2013 at 7:44 PM.
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Comment 9 of 10, added on January 24th, 2012 at 5:34 AM.
Ginsberg

Ginsberg would seem to commenting how far America has travelled from the
America imagined by Whitman, Willa Cather and others. An America of hope
and liberty where everything seemed possible and there was a collective
identity of what it meant to be an American. The idea of self reliance and
the promised land which dates back to the very earliest American writing,
William Bradford for example.

Christopher Ewing from United Kingdom
Comment 8 of 10, added on July 14th, 2007 at 4:55 AM.

I think this poem reflects the the author's life. Even though he used the
author Walt Whitman, it shows his life as a childless lonely man, who goes
into the supermarket to admire the familes that are usually there.

Mary Ann Guy from Venezuela
Comment 7 of 10, added on May 24th, 2006 at 9:20 AM.

this poem is ginsberg's response to Whitman's poem "I Hear America
Singing".

AJ from United States
Comment 6 of 10, added on December 21st, 2005 at 4:35 AM.

I don't think this poem has to do with hallucinations. I think it is
Ginsberg's expression of his attempt to imagine the life lived by Walt
Whitman, Ginsberg's trying to see the world through his eyes.
The juxtaposition between the "neon fruit supermarket", a very American,
twentieth century idea, and the long gone world of Walt Whitman is
especially prominent, as well.

Louise from Canada
Comment 5 of 10, added on September 16th, 2005 at 2:07 AM.

Much t'do about the ordinary.
This passage is a literal experience that the author actually lived.
Obviously, he was higher than a kite while it took place. Nearly
hallucinating. I think that in the final stanza, he wants to know what the
AMERICA of Walt's time was like. Because he is looking at the Insanity of
Denial and the False Nirvana of Suburbia in the 1950's and he was coming
close to the realization that we are all just that close to teetering on
oblivion. And he is wondering if Walt felt the same way, all those years
ago.

Alan from United States
Comment 4 of 10, added on May 5th, 2005 at 6:02 AM.

a supermarket in california, do all your contents come from your voluptious
state. Avacados are beautiful fruits. mabe divine. fair trade can be an
equal walk in the palmtrees.

damien cross from United States
Comment 3 of 10, added on March 29th, 2005 at 11:02 PM.

Ginsberg wrote a lot of crap (good crap that is) blasting politics, wars
and such. He might have been pissed at Americans for becoming so obsessed
with material possessions after the great depression and forgetting their
morals, hence the last stanza bit about the river Lethe.

Jess from Canada
Comment 2 of 10, added on February 4th, 2005 at 4:13 PM.

I need some feed back in regards of to what this poems means. I get the
sense he feels himself as an outsider to society becuase is sexual
orientaion?

victor
Comment 1 of 10, added on November 28th, 2004 at 12:28 PM.

I think that one might conjecture that the poem is a plea to his ancestors
in poetry and homosexuality, no? Lorca and Whitman? The poem is infused
with a sense of hiding (store detective) and Ginsberg as outsider (where
does he fit in with all of those famiies in the market?) except for his
connection with the greay bearded Whitman.

Carla from United States

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Poet: Allen Ginsberg
Poem: A Supermarket In California
Volume: Howl and Other Poems
Year: 1955
Added: Feb 20 2003
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