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“Howl” by Allen Ginsberg

In the poem “Howl”, Allen Ginsberg depicts an image of a disastrous world which reflects a time in history that was experiencing cultural, social and economic change. Ginsberg used this poem to express anger towards the modern American culture. “Howl” is mainly about demonstrating and revealing the madness, neglect, and hypocrisy that Ginsberg and his generation suffered during that time. Seeking liberation, Ginsberg shows his anger and frustration by showing the readers the horrors of their culture using madness and spirituality.

Ginsberg beliefs are shown at the beginning of “Howl” when he describes madness and oppression which were a result of the conservative society the people were living in.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,/dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,/ angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly/ connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night. (Ginsberg 1-3) by which these lines show Ginsberg’s thoughts at the time. He believed that the “best minds” of his generation were the ones who were driven to madness and insanity fighting to find their way out of this culture. If you take a look at the title “Howl” which elucidates that this poem is not going to be a quiet one. As explained in class, the title hold an animalistic feature where the artists or the “best minds” of that generation were not going to let this go away easily. “who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene odes on the windows of the skull,”( Ginsberg 7) reveals that the “best minds” along with Ginsberg were thrown out of school for being crazy and openly portraying sexual matters. “who got busted in their pubic beards returning through Laredo with a belt of marijuana for New York,” (Ginsberg 9); this is when they…...

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