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Analysis and comments on The Genius Of The Crowd by Charles Bukowski

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Comment 20 of 120, added on January 18th, 2010 at 4:33 PM.

I absolutely love this poem. I have never read anything more real in my
life.

carol from United States
Comment 19 of 120, added on June 28th, 2009 at 5:49 PM.

..and in crtisizing the poem we do exactly the opposite of everything
bukowski says..!!!!! the man is a genius if that was his intention??? but
we will never know..

mal malhi from United Kingdom
Comment 18 of 120, added on June 28th, 2009 at 4:03 AM.

i cant say i agree with bukowski wholly but parts are i suppose are
generalities that cannot be argued against..each line has some truth in it
to apply to some people but as a complete piece of work he contradicts
everybody's existence to be anything. perhaps there is where the dilemna
lies, one is neither average or otherwise. he limits expression whilst
sitting on a mountain which is too high, even for him . one cannot feel
comfortable with this piece of work which perhaps is bukowski's aim. in
preaching Bukowski himself becomes average. Perhaps somethings are best not
aired!!

mal malhi from United Kingdom
Comment 17 of 120, added on June 28th, 2009 at 3:29 AM.

i cant say i agree with bukowski wholly but parts are i suppose
generalities that cannot be argued against..each line has some truth in it
to aply to some people but as a complete piece of work he contradicts
everybody's existence to be anything. perhaps there is where the dilemna
lies, one is neither average or otherwise. he limits expression whilst
sitting on a mountain which is too high, even for him . one cannot feel
comfortable with this piece of work which perhaps is bukowski's aim. in
preaching Bukowski himself becomes average. Perhaps somethings are best not
aired!!

Mal Malhi from United Kingdom
Comment 16 of 120, added on June 14th, 2009 at 11:04 AM.

Buk certainly must have felt himself to be the genius of the crowd and the
title has a double meaning, because he must have felt despised by the
crowds' collective genius of hating his art so vehemently. It's really
crazy how people in general only feel safe to embrace genius after it's
gone because they themselves do not possess it. I think this poem is
terribly sad and irrefutably true.

ea
Comment 15 of 120, added on June 14th, 2009 at 10:17 AM.

btw, line 8 says "those who preach love do not have love", not "those who
preach peace do not have love"


Peter
Comment 14 of 120, added on December 30th, 2008 at 8:29 PM.

He is disgusted. Of course he's condemning people -- they're average.
There's no veiled admiration of the average. There's not really much of
anything veiled; the meaning is fairly clear.

He's not warning people to avoid being surrounded by average people.
Average, by definition, is what people are surrounded by. He's just
pointing it out. There's not a lot to be done about it, except maybe
intoxicate it away.

eloi from United States
Comment 13 of 120, added on May 14th, 2008 at 9:22 AM.

This is not a message of love, as some have interpreted, but one of
disgust. He's talking about the horror of mob metality and warning us
against it. Those who preach peae and love yet have none of it themselves
are those who protest something and hypcritically support it
simultaneously. An example would be 'peace protesters' using violent means
to make an example. They are so angry at what they stand for,they gather in
crowds and together their hate disturbs them and makes them best at war.
The line about bewaring those who read books and detest/are proud of
poverty means that the narrow-minded mass of semi-educated people merely
demonstrate their lack of involvement with the real world- the tough,
no-nonsense world of Bukowski. The goes on to condemn that middle class
crowd of the average and describes the tyranny of the masses, the hatred of
those who group together "not wanting solitutde not understanding solitude"
and blaming the world for their failures when truly, they are the
incomplete ones. The majority is tempting like a shining diamond, and large
as a mountain, and as dangerous as the knife, tiger, and hemlock he
concludes the poem with. It is their hatred that is their "finest art".

Alison from Singapore
Comment 12 of 120, added on March 19th, 2008 at 2:36 AM.

those who detest poverty will never do anything to fix the problem and
those proud of it are just, well, twisted.

bukowski is poetry. the best kind of poetry.

mari from United States
Comment 11 of 120, added on January 5th, 2008 at 12:55 PM.

bukowksi is not condemning people in this poem, he is telling people to
beware, or question their surroundings. by saying beware of people who
detest poverty he is saying question them-- why do they detest poverty? i
think bukowski is saying that we must QUESTION things, not take them for
their surface value. most people are filled with hate because they don't
understand other people or where they are coming from. this is why we must
beware of others so we don't end up surrounded by a bunch of average people
who hate their lives doing a bunch of average things.

brittany McKallagat from United States

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