Analysis Of Alan Ginsberg 's ' Howl '

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Poetry has a special ability to drive in a main theme or point in the same way that a powerful image can. It does this through careful selection and use of the language, ensuring the words create an image in the minds of the reader that is even stronger than the words themselves. Like a powerful image, poetry can transfer a sense of meaning directly to the subconscious brain without the conscious mind realizing it. By paying special attention to how this is done within the poem, analyzing the words used and how they are put together, the meaning of the poem moves back into the conscious mind and can relate profound meaning regarding the human condition or the state of society. In his poem “HOWL”, Alan Ginsberg attempts to comment on the state of modern society and its effects on the “best minds” and “angel-headed hipsters” as the hipsters become crushed under a force collectively termed Moloch from which the only escape is madness. Ginsberg introduces the protagonists of his story in Part I of the poem. They are the “best minds” and “angel-headed hipsters” of his generation, but their lives are a wreck, their brilliance is wasted, their angel-heads are severely tarnished. Written from the point of view of an insider, the section offers a sympathetic tone to the realistic portrayal. Ginsberg uses a form he invented called long-line verse to offer these descriptions which are really more like mini-vignettes of their lives and organizes them on a fixed base. In this part of

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